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mangrove-(gray)-snapper

Mangrove Snapper

Lutjanus griseus

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

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