Description[ edit ] Its color is typically greyish red, but it can change color from bright red to copper red. It has a dark stripe running across its eye if observed from the top when it is under water. Mangrove snapper are typically much smaller than Cubera, but when they are of similar size, the two species can only be distinguished by examining the tooth patch on the inside roof of the mouth. Many specimens caught in Florida, specifically Punta Gorda , are actually misidentified dogtooth or dog snapper , Lutjanus jocu. The best way to distinguish between the two species is dog snapper has a lighter triangle of color with a blue band under the eye and large, sharp fangs in the front canines , hence its common name. These fangs can deliver a painful bite, even in a small fish.
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More on author: Linnaeus. Records from Brazil are based on misidentifications Ref. Records from the eastern Atlantic are vagrants Ref. Dorsal profile of head slightly concave, snout long and pointed. Preopercular notch and knob weak. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line anteriorly, but rising obliquely posteriorly, below soft part of dorsal fin.
Young specimens with a dark stripe from snout through the eye to upper opercle and a blue stripe on cheek below eye. They are found in fresh water in Florida Ref. Often forming large aggregations. Feed mainly at night on small fishes, shrimps, crabs, gastropods, cephalopods and some planktonic items. Easily approached Ref.
Good food fish Ref. Utilized fresh and frozen; eaten pan-fried, broiled, microwaved, and baked Ref. Has been reared in captivity Ref. Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity Reproduction Spawning Eggs Fecundity Larvae Spawning occurs in summer near the time of the full moon. Allen, G. FAO Species Catalogue. Snappers of the world.
An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lutjanid species known to date. FAO Fish. Rome: FAO.
Species: griseus Common Names Common names in the English language include gray snapper, gray silk, mangrove snapper, mangrove pargue, mango snapper, pargue , black pargue, black snapper, lawyer, silk, and snapper. Other common names are caballerote Spanish , caranha Portuguese , caranjitu Papiamento , carde gris French , castanhola Portuguese , grijze zeebars Dutch , luciano Portuguese , lujan trujacy Polish , lutianido Italian , napsija Finnish , nezumifuedai Japanese , pagre French , pargo Spanish , pargo de mangel Spanish , pargo denton Spanish , pargo manglero Spanish , pargo prieto Spanish , parguette French , sarde grise Creole , schnapper German , sinagrida Greek , tarumi feudai Japanese , vivaneau sarde grise French. Importance to Humans Gray snapper. Although the species is fished commercially it is sought largely as a seasonal supplement to other fisheries. These fish are caught with beach seines, gill nets, traps, angling gear, handlines, and spears.
Lutjanus griseus (Linnaeus, 1758)