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Yellowmouth Grouper: Mycteroperca interstitialis

Appearance:

  • Tan or brown body, fading to a lighter belly
  • Small, dark spots on top of head and over most of body
  • Some yellow coloration around the eyes
  • Outer edges of fins trimmed in white or light yellow
  • Mouth is yellow at corners and inside

Similar Species: Scamp, M. phenax (elongated caudal fin rays; lacks yellow on inside and corners of mouth) 

Size: Up to 20 pounds 

Habitat:

Coastal and offshore waters near structure. Not as common as scamp in the Gulf. Range limited to southern Florida.

Behavior:

Undergoes sex reversal, young individuals female, older individuals becoming male.

Feeds on fishes.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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