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Yellowfin Grouper: Mycteroperca venenosa

Appearance:

color highly variable greenish olive or bright red with longitudinal rows of darker black blotches over entire fish; outer one third of pectoral fins bright yellow; lower parts of larger fish with small bright red spots

Habitat:

OFFSHORE on reefs off southern portions of Florida.

Behavior:

undergoes sex reversal from female to male in latter part of life; specific name translates to "venomous," alluding to the fact that this fish, perhaps more frequently than other groupers, is associated with ciguatera poisoning; feeds on fish and squid.

State Record:

34 lb 6 oz, caught near Key Largo

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Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles



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