Dog Snapper

Dog Snapper

Dog Snapper

Lutjanus jocu

Managed by:

See State Regulations


Physical description:

Color brown with a bronze tinge, lighter on sides; canine teeth very sharp, one pair notably enlarged, visible even when mouth is closed; in adults, pale triangle and a light blue interrupted line below the eye; no dark spot on body underneath dorsal fin.


Biological description:

Large adults OFFSHORE over coral and rocky reefs; juveniles associated with estuaries. Spawns from spring through fall; known as a night feeder, taking fishes, mollusks, and crustaceans.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

NoteEffective June 22, 2016, dog snapper have been removed from the snapper grouper management complex and federal regulations are no longer in effect for this species. Read FB16-034

State regulations may apply:

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

South Carolina DNR Marine Resources Division

Georgia DNR Coastal Resources Division

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission