Dog Snapper
Lutjanus jocu
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size Diet Behaviour Sex 
R, S 1.2m Pisc,  Cru, Mol I (Sh) F
Adult: Back and upper sides olive, with a bronze tint, sometimes with pale bars and reddish to coppery below. There is a
pale triangle under eye. Also with a blue line or series of blue spots below eye and across operclum.
Juvenile: More strongly colored than adult, with a dark obligue stripe from snout through eye to top corner of operculum.

Adults occur around rocky or coral reefs to depths of 5 to 60m (or more in some areas), often occurring between 5 and 30m.  It is not commonly seen in shallower waters except small juveniles. This species feeds mainly on fishes and benthic invertebrates, including shrimps, crabs, gastropods and cephalopods.

Life Cycle:
Longevity has been estimated to be between 9 and 16 years. The age of maturity is between 1 to 6 years.
Dog Snapper
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Dog Snapper