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Mycteroperca bonaci


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 pounds.


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.


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