Lutjanus Cyanopterus




40 - 126 pounds

36" - 63"

Cubera Snapper

Also Known As: Cuban Snapper, Dog Snapper, Canteen Snapper, Pacific Snapper

Cubera Snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus) Fish Description

Also known as dog snapper, canteen snapper, Pacific snapper, and Cuban snapper, the Cubera Snapper is the largest of all snapper species. They are popular as game fish for anglers. 

Cubera Snappers are easily confused with gray snappers . To distinguish them, one must look at the shape of the vomerine tooth patch found at the top of the palate; the Cubera Snapper has a triangular-shaped patch while the gray snapper, an anchor-shaped patch.

Cubera Snappers have elongated, slender bodies making them look almond-shaped. They possess seamless dorsal fins and long pectoral fins. They have thick lips, large mouths, and large canine teeth. Cubera Snappers generally have pale to dark gray or dark brown sides. They may also have some slightly reddish hues on their bodies, with a bluish tinge on their fins. They have some pale bars on the sides which eventually fade as they mature. The young Cubera Snappers are purplish-brown in color.


Diet and Size

Cubera Snappers love to eat crabs, lobsters, and ray-finned fishes. Their feeding grounds are usually located near the reefs or rocky areas of the ocean.

Cubera Snappers can weigh up to 120 pounds and grow up to 63 inches. Commonly, they weigh 40 pounds and measure up to 36 inches.


Interesting Facts About the Cubera Snapper  

  • Georges Cuvier was the first to document the Cubera Snappers in 1828.
  • This species’ name, cyanopterus, translates to “bluefin” even though it only has hints of the color blue on its fins.
  • Whale sharks, barracudas, and moray eels like to prey on newly spawned Cubera Snappers.
  • Eating Cubera Snap