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The schoolmaster snapper, Lutjanus apodus
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The schoolmaster snapper, Lutjanus apodus
Found from Massachusetts to Brazil, the schoolmaster snapper is common in southern Florida and the Caribbean. Up to 24 inches in length. It has a robust slightly compressed body, with a pointed head. Its color varies from silvery tp bronze. Fins and tails are yellow and the snout contains blue stripes. Lives in groups of dozens of subjects. Keeps a short distance from the seafloor at depths between 10 and 90 feet.

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