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    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.

    Snapper Saltwater Fishing Regulation
    Source:
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
    620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
    32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676

Gray Snapper: Lutjanus griseus
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