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Gray Snapper:

Appearance:

  • Dark brown or gray with reddish or orange spots in rows along the sides
  • A dark horizontal band from snout through eye is present in young only
  • Two conspicuous canine teeth are present at front of upper jaw
  • Ddorsal fins have dark or reddish borders
  • No dark spot is present on side underneath dorsal fin

Habitat:

Juvenile gray snapper are found inshore in tidal creeks, mangroves, and grass beds.  Adults are generally found nearshore or offshore on coral or rocky reefs.

Behavior:

Spawning occurs June through August.  Gray snapper feed on crustaceans and small fish.

Additional Information

Gray snapper caught offshore are common 8 to 10 pounds.

Gray snapper are similar in appearance to the cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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