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Dog Snapper

Lutjanus jocu

Appearance

Illustration of a dog snapper showing important characteristics
  • 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: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations