Most snappers are classified as euryphagic carnivores (Bortone and Williams 1986). In the Caribbean (Randall 1967), crabs made up 44% of the diet, fish (29%), gastropods (13%), with the remainder consisting of octopods, hermit crabs and shrimp (Randall 1967; Allen 1985). Predators:Primary predators of snappers are sharks and other large predatory fishes including other snappers (Bortone and Williams 1986). Habitats: Lutjanus analis adults are typically found at depths of 40 - 59 m (140 - 194 feet) depths (Rivas 1970) where they often form small schools during daylight hours, but disband at night (Allen 1985). Juveniles are most common in inshore waterways (Springer and McErlean 1962) where the substrate consists of sand, seagrasses, or coral rubble (Bortone and Williams 1986). Adults tend to remain in an area once they have become established (Beaumariage 1969; Bortone and Williams 1986) and are most common in the open waters of shelf areas and around islands. Larger adults inhabit coral reefs and rocky, hard bottom areas.Activity Time: Lutjanus analis is active diurnally and nocturnally (Allen 1985; Bortone and Williams 1986).
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