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Fish ID >>Reef/Wreck 

Scamp

Mycteroperca phenax

Description: Color light gray or brown; large adults with elongated caudal-fin rays; reddish-brown spots on sides that tend to be grouped into lines; some yellow around corners of mouth

Similar Fish: Yellowmouth grouper, M. interstitalis

Where Found: Nearshore reefs off the northeastern coast, and on offshore reefs in the Gulf

Size: Generally smaller than gags or blacks

Remarks: Spawns in late spring; feed on small fish, squid, and crustaceans; undergoes sex transformation from female to male as it becomes older

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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