Fish Species

Gray Snapper

Gray Snapper

Appearance:

■Dark brown or gray with reddish or orange spots in rows along the sides
■A dark horizontal band from snout through eye is present in young only
■Two conspicuous canine teeth are present at front of upper jaw
■Ddorsal fins have dark or reddish borders
■No dark spot is present on side underneath dorsal fin

Habitat:

Juvenile gray snapper are found inshore in tidal creeks, mangroves, and grass beds. Adults are generally found nearshore or offshore on coral or rocky reefs.

Behavior:

Spawning occurs June through August. Gray snapper feed on crustaceans and small fish.

State Record:
17 lb, caught near Port Canaveral

Fishing Tips and Facts:
Gray snapper caught offshore are common 8 to 10 pounds. Gray snapper are similar in appearance to the cubera snapper, L. cyanopterus.

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