Family: Lutjanidae (Snappers) , subfamily: Lutjaninae
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Cubera snapper
Max. size: 160 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 55); max. published weight: 57.0 kg (Ref. 9710)
Environment: reef-associated; brackish; marine ; depth range 18 - 55 m
Climate: subtropical; 36°N - 35°S
Importance: fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
Distribution: Western Atlantic: Nova Scotia and Bermuda (Anderson, pers. comm.) to mouths of the Amazon, Brazil. Throughout Bahamas, Caribbean, including Antilles (Ref. 26938). Rare north of Florida and apparently rare in the Gulf of Mexico.
Biology: Adults found mainly around ledges over rocky bottoms or around reefs. Young sometimes inhabit mangrove areas. Feeds mainly on fishes, shrimps and crabs (Ref. 55). A wary fish, not easily approached underwater (Ref. 13442).