- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
Queen snapper (Etelis)
The queen snapper is a deep pink to red on its back and upper sides fading to a light pink to white on its belly. It has a smallish head with big yellow eyes and a slight extended lower jaw. Its tail fin is deeply forked and usually a bright red in color. Unlike other snappers that have one continuous dorsal fin, the queens dorsal fin is distinctly notched. Their bases at the dorsal and anal fins are also scaleless.
The queen snapper is a carnivore feeding mainly on small fish and squid.
Queen snapper are found in the western Atlantic from North Carolina to Florida, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and south to the Caribbean and Brazil.
This species inhabits rocky bottoms in deep offshore waters at depths starting at 300 feet to well over 1,000 feet.
- The world record for a queen snapper catch is 11 pounds, 11 ounces.