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Cubera Snapper: Lutjanus cyanopterus

Appearance:

Also known as cuban snapper.

  • Dark brown or gray in color, possibly with a red hue and pale bars on sides
  • Triangle-shaped vomerine tooth patch
  • Thick, heavy lips Strong canine teeth found in both jaws, one pair visible when mouth closed

Similar Species: Gray snapper, L. griseus (has anchor-shaped tooth patch on roof of mouth) 

Size: Up to 125 pounds and common to 40 pounds 

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure. Juveniles found in estuarine areas.

Behavior:

Among largest snapper species. Not common.  Feed on fishes and larger crustaceans.  Spawning occurs in the late summer in the Keys.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 116 lb, caught near Clearwater

Recreational Regulations

 


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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