Description: color tan or brown with darker spots, or a network of spots, fused into lines; distinct yellow wash behind the jaws; yellow around the eyes; outer edges of fins yellowish.
Similar Fish: scamp, M. phenax.
Where found: OFFSHORE over reefs and rocks; not as common as scamp in the Gulf; range limited to southern Florida.
Size: common to 15 pounds.
*Florida Record: 28 lbs.
Remarks: undergoes sex reversal, young individuals female, older individuals becoming male; young fish are bicolored, dark above white below; feeds on small fsh and crustaceans.
* 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]