SNAPPERS
LUTJANIDAE
Mangrove Snapper
Lutjanus griseus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm)) Diet Behaviour Sex 
R, Co, (Man) 85 Pisc, Cru, Mol Sh F
 
 
Description:
Adult: Body oblong-shaped, with a triangular head and a shallow notched tail. Slightly upturned snout with a large mouth and prominent canine teeth near the front of the jaw. Dorsal profile of the head slightly concave. Body varies from pale gray to dark gray or reddish brown, often tinged with olive, bronze or red,  (which makes them easily confused with the Dog Snapper).  Color may lighten or darker dramatically. Occasionally with faint body bars or blotches, tail may have a dark margin. Anal fin rounded. They often display a
dark stripe that runs from their lips up through their eye and just past upper operculum.
Juvenile: Young specimens usually have a
dark stripe from the snout through the eye to the upper opercle and a blue stripe on the cheek below the eye.

Ecology
Inhabits coastal as well as offshore waters, down to 180m. Found on hard bottomed areas, around reefs, rocky areas and mangrove areas. Often forming large aggregations. Feeds mainly at night on small fish, shrimps, crabs, gastropods, cephalopods and some planktonic species.  It is typically found at depths of 30-80 m in large schools.

Life Cycle:
Spawns offshore in groups during the Summer. It matures at a size of 18 to 33 cm, after about 2 years of age. The life span can reach 21-28 years.
Mangrove/ Grey Snapper
Synonyms:
Grey Snapper
Gray Snapper
Mangrove/ Grey Snapper
(C) Graham Edgar
Mangrove/ Grey Snapper
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Mangrove/ Grey Snapper
Mangrove/ Grey Snapper
84
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