The Cubera Snapper

The Cubera Snapper


all year

Minimum size

31 cm

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The Cubera snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. Its average weight is about 18 kg and reaching a length of 90 cm, the cubera snapper can reach 58 kg and 6 m in length. It can live up to 30 years old. It occurs from June to August. It can be fished all year round.
This snapper is slightly different from some of the other members of the Lutjanidae family, because it has an elongated and slender body that is not very deep. It looks like the other lutjanidae by its long pectoral fin and continuous dorsal fin. The caudal fin is quite truncated. The mouth has thick lips and large teeth. These fish are generally grey or dark brown with pale to dark grey sides. There may also be a slight reddish tinge on the body. There is a bluish shade on the anal and ventral fins. The caudal fin is light grey in color while the pectoral fins are translucent or grey. Juveniles have a slightly striped pattern on each side that fades with adulthood.

The Cubera Snapper Lifestyle

It is an aggressive carnivorous fish. The cubera snapper eat mainly fish and crabs. Strong canines allow mature cuberas to feed on large crustaceans, including lobsters and crabs. Feeding areas are generally located near the bottom in rocky reef areas or adjacent to other structures.
All snappers are oviparous spawners, releasing pelagic eggs into offshore waters. The Cubera snapper breeds from June to August in Caribbean waters. During spawning, hundreds of individuals can aggregate in deep areas. Eggs hatch within a day of fertilization, producing pelagic larvae dispersed by currents. The development of larvae and their establishment outside plankton is poorly understood.

The Cubera Snapper habitat

Cuberas snappers are solitary residents of the reef. Living near the coast, they are most often associated with projections above rocky projections and overhangs. They live at depths of up to 55 meters below the surface of the water. Young people generally live in coastal mangroves and meadows that provide some protection against predators. It is also known that small cuberas enter estuaries, mangrove areas and tidal areas of streams and freshwater channels.
The cubera snapper can be found from Massachusetts to Brazil in the western Atlantic Ocean. It is a rare tropical species in northern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Cubera Snapper angling

The Cubera snapper can be caught by bottom fishing.

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