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yellowmouth-grouper

Yellowmouth Grouper

Mycteroperca interstitialis

Description: Color tan or brown with darker spots; spots, or a network of spots, fused into lines; distinct yellow wash behind the jaws; yellow around the eyes; outer edges of fins yellowish.

Similar Fish: Scamp, M. phenax.

Where Found: Offshore over reefs and rocks; not as common as scamp in the Gulf of Mexico; range limited to southern Florida.

Size: Common to 15 pounds.

Remarks: Undergoes sex change, young individuals female, become male; young fish are bicolored, dark above, white below; feeds on small fish and crustaceans.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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