The Snapper Fish And Its Fearsome Teeth

The Snapper Fish And Its Fearsome Teeth





The snapper from the Lutjanidae family has a robust and scaled body. Their firm dentition, sharp and very effective, is feared by crustaceans, fish and zooplankton. The ‘snapper’ label alludes to their dental phenomenon. During the day, the Lutjanidaes operate in pretty large numbers, hovering over coral reefs or exploring estuaries and off-shore coastal waters. The numbers dissolve during the night, announcing a feeding mission, focused on benthic invertebrates. All family members are carnivorous and have a gastronomic craving for small fishes, invertebrates, no matter if they are benthic or planktonic.


Blue-Lined/Striped Snapper

Size up to 34cm  (1,11ft). Depth up to 265m (870ft)

The blue-striped snapper’s has a regular shaped and olive green-yellow body , prettified with four jagged blue lines, running horizontally on either side.  The juveniles are happy above carpets of sea grass. The adults congregate around heads of coral. It hunts nocturnally, chasing crustaceans and small fishes.


Humpback Snapper

Size up to 50cm  (1,64ft). Depth up to 150 m  (492ft)

The robust humpback’s colour tunes go from reddish-grey to subdued orange, while the fins are almost scarlet red. It doesn’t shy away from coralline bottoms, deep lagoons and seaward reefs. It seeks company of other humpback friends during the day, only to part after sunset, making life of crabs miserable. It regroups at the first sunrays.


One-Spotted Snapper

Size up to 60 cm (1,96ft).  Depth up to 30m (98,4ft)

Peculiarly enough, the one-spot snapper has two black spots along its sides, connected with the caudal fin by a thin lateral line. The set of fins are primarily yellow and the tapering body silvery to yellow, sometimes flirting with pink. It’s a familiar visitor of coralline zones, infested with sheltered areas like dense coral formations. The nocturnal one-spot snapper eats crustaceans and fish and does so in company of congeners.


Twin-Spotted Snapper

Size up to 90 cm (2,95 ft).  Depth up to 180m (295 ft)

The stout twinspot snapper’s name derives from the two white dorsal spots when juvenile. Its healthy body is tapered and carries a fine coloured patchwork of reddish-brown purple-like tinges, fading into dark pink. The twinspot is a nocturnal hunter, feeding on fish and crustaceans and other invertebrates. It is a typical coral reef inhabitant.


Other Family Members

Ehrenberg Snapper

Mangrove Snapper

Nurse Snapper