- 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.
Silk snapper (Lutjanus)
Shaped similarly to the red snapper, the silk snapper is pinkish-red over its dorsal area shading to a lighter pink and silver on the sides and underneath. Its sides are marked with a series of wavy yellow lines. Fins are reddish in color or a pale yellow, and its anal fin is pointed. Also peculiar to this snapper is its yellow eyes and black edge of its tail fin.
Not much is known concerning the feeding style of the silk snapper. It is known to be a carnivore that feeds on fish, shrimp, crabs, gastropods and cephalopods.
Silk snapper are found in western Atlantic waters as far north as Bermuda and the Carolinas and as far south as Brazil. They are most common around southern Florida, the Antilles and the Bahamas.
The silk snapper is a deep-water species normally found at depths from 300 to 720 feet. It is commonly found over rocky ledges near the edges of continental and island shelf bottoms. Bigger specimens tend to inhabit deeper waters.
- Silk snapper are important commercial fish that are often marketed as red snapper.