Olive or gray body coloration with black blotches and brassy
spots; gently rounded preopercle.
fish: Gag, M. microlepis;
Yellowfin grouper, M.
venenosa; other grouper.
found: Offshore species; adults associated with rocky
bottoms, reefs, and drop-off walls and ledges in water over
60 feet deep; young grouper may be found Inshore in shallow
Common to 40 pounds, may attain weights exceeding 100
pounds. No Florida record because of identity confusion with
gag, which are mistakenly called "black grouper."
Spawns between May and August; protogynous hermaphrodites,
young predominantly female, transforming into males as they
grow larger; larger individuals generally in greater depths;
feeds on fish and squid.