Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) habitat suitability maps

In the near-term, habitat suitability for yellowtail snapper is projected to experience modest increases in some coastal waters of Mexico, on the Pedro Bank of Jamaica, off the south coast of Haiti, and in the coastal waters of the southerly Lesser Antilles (Figure 16). Many of these gains are expected disappear by midcentury as populations continue to move north, with reductions in habitat suitability in the southern parts of the Caribbean Sea along with modest increases in habitat suitability north of the Yucatan Peninsula, around the northern Gulf of Mexico and the Florida panhandle, on the Bahamian Bank, and in the coastal waters of the more northerly Lesser Antilles. Species-specific projected total habitat suitability index (HSI) and HSI's change or 'anomaly' under different carbon dioxide emission levels, including (A) total HSI for the 1970 to 2000 period; and changes in HSI under scenarios of (B) ~400 ppm and (C) ~565 ppm atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in the high resolution Earth system model (GFDL CM2.6).

(A) HSI now

Habitat suitability index Legend for the habitat suitability index map

(B) HSI mid-century anomaly

Mid-century anomaly Legend for the mid-century anomaly map

(C) HSI end-century anomaly

End-century anomaly Legend for the end-century anomaly map

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Habitat Coastal
Species group Lutjanidae (Snappers)
Economic group Pelagic – other than tuna & billfishes
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