Cuban snapper, Cuban dog snapper
The Cubera Snapper is similar to the Gray Snapper, with a coloration that ranges from grey or silver to darker browns. In some cases these fish can have pale lines of coloration, or even a reddish hue. They can be differentiated from the Gray Snapper by the number of gill rakers, but the easiest way to differentiate the two is by having a look in the Cubera Snapper’s mouth. Beyond the thickish lips and large teeth, the Cubera has a triangle shaped patch of teeth, differing from the gray snapper’s anchor-shaped patch.
Habitat & Behaviour
The Cubera Snapper is at home, alone, in the underwater structures of reefs, wrecks and large rocks somewhere between shallow and mid-depth.
Cubera Snappers are vicious hunters and subsist on a diet of smaller fish, crustaceans, shrimp and crabs.
Reef fish like the Snapper require anglers to use dehooking tools and venting tools to safely release the fish. When releasing keep in water, remove hook with pliers or dehooker and vent accordingly if you brought it up from a deep depth. Don’t put fingers in mouth, grab behind head or underneath. Don’t grab by gills – grab underneath on the belly. Try not to damage the fish – don’t recommend grabbing by eyes. If harvesting, gaff larger ones around head. Meat very sought after so don’t gaff there.