Gray/Mangrove Snapper


Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPERS
Lutjanus griseus

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Description: color dark brown or gray with reddish or orange 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 dark 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.

Possession and Size Limits: 10 per person in snapper aggregate, 12” TL.

Federal Recreational Season: None

Size: offshore catches common 8 to 10 pounds.

Remarks: spawns June through August; feeds on crustaceans and small fish.

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