Also known as Black Snapper, Grey Silk, Lawyer, Mangrove Snapper, Silk.
Found singly or in large schools during the day, drifting in the shade of large corals heads, under docks or entering mangrove areas dispersing at night to feed over coral and rocky reefs as well as offshore waters.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans, small fish, molluscs and zooplankton.
Juveniles found in shallow bays and mangrove lagoons.
Colour varies from silvery grey to copper sometimes displaying a bar pattern on the back.
Length - 80cm
Depth - 1-180m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Western Atlantic, Caribbean
Most Snappers live in moderate depths, however there are a few that live much deeper. Juveniles found on inshore reefs.
They are nocturnal predators that mainly feed on fish, but will eat crustaceans, gastropods and cephalopods.
Some smaller family members eat zooplankton. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/266