Cubera Snapper: Lutjanus cyanopterus


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 


Coastal waters near structure. Juveniles found in estuarine areas.


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


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