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Gray Snapper: Lutjanus griseus

Appearance:

Also known as mangrove snapper, mango or black snapper.

  • Dark brown or gray in color, with red-orange spots in bars along the sides
  • Two large canine teeth near front of upper jaw
  • Anchor-shaped vomerine tooth patch
  • Dorsal fins with dark or reddish borders
  • Young have dark stripe from snout, through eye, to upper edge of gill cover

Similar Species: Cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus (triangleshaped tooth patch and grow much larger than gray snapper); schoolmaster, L. apodus (yellow fins and faint white bars); and true black snapper, A. dentatus (rare in Florida; do not range north of the Florida Keys) 

Size: Common to 24 inches (10 pounds)

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure such as reefs, mangroves and seagrass.  Juveniles may enter freshwater.

Behavior:

Spawn June through August.  Feeds on crustaceans and small fish.

Additional Information

Gray snapper caught offshore are common 8 to 10 pounds.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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