GRAY SNAPPER (mangrove snapper) - Lutjanus griseus Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPERS
Descriptions: 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 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.