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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Schoolmaster snapper is a marine fish widely distributed in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts south to northern Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas and Bermuda. It is also found along the coast of West Africa.
  • Found in shallow, clear, warm coastal waters over coral reefs and rocks to depths of approximately 200 feet (63 m).
  • Frequently is found in the shelter of elkhorn coral and gorgonians. 
  • Juveniles are encountered over sand bottoms (both with and without sea grass) and over muddy bottoms of lagoons and mangrove areas. Young sometimes enter brackish water.

Diet / Feeding

  • Adult schoolmaster snapper can reach a maximum size of about 2.2 feet (67 cm) and 5 lbs. (2.3 kg). More commonly it is encountered at weights of less than one pound.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaulated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Schoolmaster snapper is the most abundant snapper in the waters of the West Indies.
  • The species has been reported to cause ciguetera poisoning. 

Coral Reef Fishes. Lieske, E. and Myers, R., pg. 156

Atlantic Coast Fishes – Peterson’s Field Guides. Robins, C.R., Ray, G.C. and Douglass, J.