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Dog Snapper: Lutjanus jocu

Appearance:

  • Olive brown color with a bronze tinge, lighter on sides
  • Pale triangle and row of blue spots below the eye
  • Canine teeth enlarged in upper jaw, visible when mouth is closed

Similar Species: Schoolmaster, L. apodus (lack white triangle below eye; fins are more yellow) 

Size: Up to 36 inches (30 pounds) 

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure.  Juveniles are found in estuaries.

Behavior:

Spawn from spring through fall.  Known as night feeders, feeds on fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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