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Snapper - Mangrove

Snapper - Mangrove
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Also known as:

Grey snapper

black snapper

mango snapper

silk

Common Group Name:

Tropical Snappers

Family Name:

Lutjanidae

Genus Name:

Lutjanus

Species Name:

Lutjanus griseus


Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp teeth of mangrove snapper when handling them. Their eating qualities can be greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • This species is a typical lutjanid shape, gray or greenish above, with reddish /coppery flanks. A darker line runs from the snout through the eye to just below the dorsal fin.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species is found throughout the western Atlantic from Massachusetts, USA southward to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
  • Juvenile mangrove snapper are found in a variety of estuarine and inshore habitats, including seagrass beds and mangrove lagoons, including the upper freshwater reaches of estuaries.
  • Adults are found offshore on coral or rocky reefs, or wrecks and other artificial structures down to depths of around 600 feet (180 meters).

Fish Size Common Length:

Commonly 8-16 inches (20-40 cm), maximum size around 36 inches (90 cm) and over 25 pounds (12 kg).