Despite its wide range, yellowtail snapper is most abundant in the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. Spawning aggregations form offshore throughout the year in south Florida and the Caribbean, with peak spawning occurring generally when the water is warmest in a given location. Eggs and larvae are pelagic until they settle out on suitable habitat; juveniles are most often found in seagrass beds. Adults are found in coastal waters near reefs, usually well above the bottom, forming small schools.
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