Mangrove Snapper, Black Pargue
Maturity at: 21 cm in length
Max Published Size: 89 cm and 44 pounds
TnT Record: 9 pounds (unofficial)
TnT Season: Year round
IUCN status: Least concern
General Information: Adults are found in coastal and offshore waters near coral reefs, rocks and mangroves. Young ones sometimes may be found swimming up rivers. Found in fresh water in Florida. Feed mainly at night on small fishes, shrimps, crabs, gastropods, cephalopods and some planktonic items. Easily approached. Flesh considered of good quality, used fresh and frozen; eaten pan-fried, broiled and baked. Has been successfully reared in captivity. Highly appreciated in Trinidad and Tobago where it's known as pargue or dogteeth snapper.
Photo courtesy Richard Parkinson