The Schoolmaster, Lutjanus apodus. Illustration by Diana Rome Peebles Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of. Lutjanus apodus (Walbaum, ). Materials. Type status: Other material. Occurrence: recordedBy: Gabriela Martinez Portilla ; individualCount: 1 ; Location . May 30, Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (). FishBase. Lutjanus apodus (Walbaum, ). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at.

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Considered a good food fish, it is marketed fresh or frozen Ref. The interior scale rows on back are parallel to lateral line.

They spawn during April—June off Cuba. Lutjanus apodus Walbaum Wikispecies has information related to Lutjanus apodus.

The 16 or 17 rays of the pectoral fins are longer than the distance from longest point of the snout to tail edge of preopercle, reaching the level of anus. The head is large, and as long as the body is thick; the representation is straight from snout to the backside, and regularly curved to the large, unforked tail.

Maximum length for female taken from Ref. The caudal fin is emarginated. Cuvier, Mesoprion linea G.

Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Its thickness can be more than a third of its standard length.

Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. The young tend to be in littoral shore areas, grass plains and from time to time enter briny waters.


There are 8 narrow, light vertical bars on the side of the body which may be faded or absent in large adults. Sometimes form resting aggregations during the day.

Scale rows on back parallel to lateral lutjznus, at least anteriorly. Lutjanidae Fish of the Atlantic Ocean Fish described in As fish grow longer, they increase in weight, but the relationship is not linear.

Cuvier, Mesoprion flavescens G. Large schools are often noticed by divers lutjwnus shallow wrecks and certain coral patches, and this behavior inspired the common name.

WoRMS – World Register of Marine Species – Lutjanus apodus (Walbaum, )

Light spinning and baitcasting tackle are used to fish for schoolmaster snapper. They may be seen resting in accumulations during the day.

The fertilized eggs then settle to the bottom, where they are left unguarded. The color is olive gray to brownish on upper back and upper sides, with yellow to reddish mite around the head.

Human uses

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Fishing regulations in US state waters are specific to each state, but they have similarities. While jigs make for the best artificial bait, artificials are rarely used and rarely successful. The schoolmaster snapper is found in coastal areas of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. In certain marine protected areas, [8] fishing is not allowed to help specific species maintain or recover healthy populations.

Schoolmaster snapper Conservation status. It lives in shallow, clear, warm, coastal waters over coral reefs, sand with plants, and mud in mangrove areas or other reef-associated bottom types. Young sometimes lutjxnus brackish waters.


Snout long and pointed, mouth large. Juveniles stay over sand bottoms with or without seagrasses, and over muddy bottoms of lagoons or mangrove areas. The lower apocus and belly are lighter; there is no dark lateral spot below the anterior part of soft dorsal fin. They spawn over most of the year, with the majority of the spawning happening during middle to late summer. The single dorsal fin has 10 spines and 14 soft rays; the spiny portions of the fin are not deeply engraved at the junction with the soft portion.

Schoolmaster snapper are gonochoristmeaning males and females are separate. Like other snapper apouds, it is a popular food fish. Larger schoolmaster snapper whose white vertical bars are faded might be mistaken for dog snapper. Large adults are sometimes found on the continental shelf. However, the fish limit is an aggregate for all species of snapper.

Schoolmaster snapper

Though different in appearance, schoolmaster snapper have habits similar to those of the mangrove snapper. Pectoral luutjanus long, reaching the level of anus. A solid or broken blue line runs beneath the eye; it may also disappear with growth. Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref.