Description: Color light background with brown or red-brown bars on sides; stripe in shape of tuning fork on forehead; third spine of dorsal longer than second; pelvic fins shorter than pectorals; lack dots around the eyes; large black saddle on caudal peduncle.
Similar Fish: Red grouper, E. morio
Where Found: Range limited to south Florida; somewhat site specific; smaller individuals nearshore, adults offshore on rocky reefs.
Size: Most catches under 10 pounds.
Remarks: Forms large spawning aggregations, making this species highly vulnerable to over-harvest.
Note: All harvest of this species is prohibited.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles