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Fish ID >>Reef/Wreck 

Schoolmaster

Lutjanus apodus

Description: 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.

Similar Fish: Dog snapper, L. jocu; other snappers.

Where Found: Juveniles in grass flats; adults nearshore especially around elkhorn coral reefs; large adults sometimes found on continental shelf.

Size: Usually less than 1 pound.

Remarks: Spawns July and August; attain sizes of 8 pounds and 24 inches; slow grower, feeds on crustaceans, small fishes, and gastropods.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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