So, what is the difference between red snapper and mutton snapper? For one thing, there are several significant differences, which can be noticed when viewing photos of these types of fish in comparison to each other. The main thing that gives these types of fish their different colors are their dorsal and anal fins, and their bodies. If you compare a picture of a red snapper or a mutton snapper, you’ll see that the latter has a much longer body and a much more rectangular shaped fin, which helps to elongate its body and make it look bigger.
On the other hand, mutton snapper doesn’t really have any dorsal or anal fins at all, and the reason for this is because this fish’s body is streamlined. This means that the fish doesn’t need any fins, and in fact, the absence of these fins, makes the fish appear to be more triangular in shape. These fish also have elongated bodies, as well as spines, which help to increase the vertical movement of their bodies. In other words, if you look at the picture of a red snapper or a mutton snapper side by side, you’ll see that the former has a triangular shaped body with long thin fins, while the latter has a long skinny body with long thin fins at the front.
Now, once you understand these main differences, you might think that snapper and mutton snapper are the same fish, but the answer is no. What makes these types of fish different is not only their looks but also the manner in which they feed. Snappers tend to swim upstream, while mutton snapper prefers to feed on top of the substrate, like algae. This difference in feeding preferences is what leads to the difference between the two species, and it is also the reason as to why red snapper has a larger population in the southern parts of Australia, while the mutton snapper lives in the northern parts of the country. Given all these facts, it can be concluded that there really is no significant difference between red snapper and mutton snapper, other than the fact that one resides closer to the shoreline, while the other lives in the open waters.