Snapper, Gray

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Snapper, Gray

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Scientific Name

Lutjanus griseus

Common Names

Mangrove snapper, Mango, Caballerote, Black snapper


Gray Snappers take their name from their distinctive coloring, which ranges from dark grey to green grey to brown. Occasionally they can be found to have red-orange spots down their sides. Though the coloration often varies, a dark stripe can often be found to run from the mouth to the eyeball. The grey snapper sports to large front teeth emerging from its upper jaw, while at the same time sporting the familiar anchor shaped patch of teeth within the mouth.

Habitat & Behaviour

Gray Snappers dwell within coastal waters in deeper tidal creeks and mangroves, however the larger fish can be found more frequently where there are under water structures, for instance wrecks, reefs and rocks.

Natural Prey

Gray Snapper subsist on a diet of small fish and crustaceans. Be warned the Gray Snapper is a cautious hunter and can be spooked easily.

Handling Tips

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.