Description: Color dark brown or gray with reddish or orane spots in rows along the sides; dark horizontal band from snout through eye (young only); two conspicuous canine teeth at front of upper jaw; dorsal fins have dark or reddish borders; no spot on side underneath dorsal fin.
Similar Fish: Cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus.
Where Found: Juveniles inshore in tidal creeks, mangroves, and grass beds; adults generally nearshore or offshore on coral or rocky reefs.
Size: Offshore catches common to 10 pounds.
Remarks: Spawns June through August; feeds on crustaceans and small fish.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles