The snapper (Pagrus auratus) is a much-loved New Zealand fish, which belongs to the sea bream family Sparidae. Recreational anglers know the snapper for its fighting qualities, and restaurant goers for its white, firm and flaky fillets. Māori know it as tāmure and traditionally caught large numbers, especially in more northern waters where it is more common. All snapper begin life as females, and then at three or four years of age about half of them change sex. They can live a long time – the oldest recorded specimen was 63 years old.
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