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dog-snapper

Dog Snapper

Lutjanus jocu

Description: Color brown with a bronze tinge, lighter on sides; canine teeth very sharp, one pair notably enlarge, visible even when mouth is closed; in adults, pale triangle and a light blue interrupted line below the eye; no dark spot on body underneath dorsal fin.

Similar Fish: Schoolmaster, L. apodus (no white triangle under eye, and fins are more yellow); other snappers.

Where Found: Large adults offshore over coral and rocky reefs; juveniles associated with estuaries.

Size: Large snapper, attaining 30 pounds.

Remarks: Spawns from spring through fall; known as a night feeder, taking fishes, mollusks, and crustaceans.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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