Grey Snapper (Mangrove Snapper)

Family Lutjanidae, SNAPPERS
Lutjanus griseusGrey Snapper (Mangrove Snapper)






5. Mangrove: Sometimes taken in large numbers around the pilings and rocks off the north jetty on light tackle by those using pilchards or live shrimp on a small hook. Best catces usually during warmer months. Daily limit is five and minimum size in state waters is 10 inches.

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.

Size: offshore catches common 8 to 10 pounds.

*Florida Record: 16 lbs., 8 ozs.

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