Description: color light gray or brown; large adults with elongated caudal-fin rays; reddish brown spots on sides that tend to be grouped into lines; some yellow around corners of mouth.
Similar Fish: yellowmouth grouper, M. interstitialis.
Where found: NEARSHORE reefs off the northeastern coast, and on OFFSHORE reefs in the Gulf.
Size: generally smaller than gags or blacks.
*Florida Record: 28 lbs.
Remarks: spawns in late spring; feeds on small fish, squid, and crustaceans; undergoes sex transformation from female to male as it becomes older.
* The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.
[Fish Identification] [Fishing in Indian River County]