Description: olive or gray body coloration with black blotches and brassy spots; gently rounded preopercle.
Similar Fish: gag M. microlepis; yellowfin grouper, M. venenosa
Where found: OFFSHORE species; adults associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep; young may occur INSHORE in shallow water
Size: common to 40 pounds, may attain weights exceeding 100 lbs.
*Florida Record: no Florida record because of identity confusion with gag, which are mistakenly called "black grouper"
Remarks: 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
* 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.