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Schoolmaster: Lutjanus apodus

Appearance:

  • Body is olive gray or brown with a yellow hue, fading to a lighter belly
  • Fins are yellow
  • Narrow white bars on sides, fading with age
  • Blue stripe below eye, broken in adults
  • Snout long and pointed
  • Canine teeth enlarged in upper jaw, visible when mouth is closed

Similar Species: Dog snapper, L. jocu (has pale triangle below eye) and gray snapper, L. griseus (lack yellow fins and lack blue stripe below eyes) 

Size: Up to 24 inches (8 pounds); and common under 1 pound 

Habitat:

Coastal waters. Adults frequent nearshore, especially around elkhorn coral reefs. Large adults are sometimes found on the continental shelf. Juvenile schoolmaster are found in grassy flats. 

Behavior:

Spawn in July and August. Feed on crustaceans, small fishes, and gastropods.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record. 

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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