Black and white snapper
(total): 9 - 10;
soft rays: 10 - 11. Preorbital bone broader than eye diameter. Mouth large, maxilla extending to below anterior half of eye. A deep notch on lower edge of preopercle. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Juveniles with a black bar through eye, black pectoral fins and a black stripe from pectoral region to lower caudal lobe. Larger juveniles with 3 to 6 white spots on back. Adults dark grey to almost black (Ref. 48635).