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Dog Snapper-Pawleys Island, South Carolina I had to have this individual confirmed by a friend with the North Carolina DNR before I decided on it's ID, due to the fact that I caught it in a part of the Atlantic where it's rarely seen. At first I thought it was just a strange colored Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus), but I'm so glad I was wrong!  Dog snapper,Fall,Geotagged,Lutjanus jocu,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Dog Snapper-Pawleys Island, South Carolina

I had to have this individual confirmed by a friend with the North Carolina DNR before I decided on it's ID, due to the fact that I caught it in a part of the Atlantic where it's rarely seen. At first I thought it was just a strange colored Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus), but I'm so glad I was wrong!

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  1. Nice discovery! And how beautiful they are at the individual level. Posted 9 days ago, modified 8 days ago
  2. From today's Facebook post:

    The dog snapper (Lutjanus jocu) is also known as the dogtooth snapper, jocu, pargue, and the snuggletooth snapper (my favorite). It’s a commercially important species native to the Atlantic Ocean. Dog snappers can be found near rocky outcrops and reefs where they feast upon crustaceans, mollusks, and small fish. With their bronze hue, the light blue line beneath their eye, and their large canine teeth, there’s no doubt that these fish are quirky and beautiful.

    They tend to be loners, until mating season, of course, when they gleefully gather together en masse to reproduce at spawning sites. They return to the same sites each year, even if they have to travel a great distance to get there. This predictability makes them vulnerable to over-harvesting by humans, who know exactly when and where the fish will gather. Nothing puts a damper on a fish orgy like overeager fishermen. Protection of spawning grounds and sustainable harvesting seems to be the approach that will hopefully preserve this species, in addition to others in a similar predicament. {Spotted in South Carolina, USA by JungleDragon user, Zach Alley} #JungleDragon #dogsnapper #Lutjanusjocu
    Posted 7 days ago

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The dog snapper, ''Lutjanus jocu'', is a snapper in the family Lutjanidae. It is also known as the dogtooth snapper or ''pargue''.

Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by Zach Alley
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Uploaded Jan 11, 2020. Captured Nov 20, 2019 00:12 in 323 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, USA.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T5
  • f/16.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO100
  • 60mm