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Schoolmaster: Lutjanus apodus

Appearance:

  • Color olive gray on upper sides with yellow tinge, sometimes with reddish tinge around head
  • Long triangular snout
  • Eight pale vertical bars on the side of the body
  • Yellow fins
  • Blue stripe below eye, becoming interrupted in adults
  • No dark lateral spot

Habitat:

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

Behavior:

These fish spawn in July and August.  Schoolmaster may attain sizes up to 8 pounds and 24 inches.  They feed on crustaceans, small fishes, and gastropods.

Additional Information

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

Schoolmaster are similar in appearance to the dog snapper, L. jocu.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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