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Mycteroperca venenosa - Yellowfin grouper

Mycteroperca venenosa - Yellowfin grouper Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

Yellowfin groupers have rectangular blotches that cover their bodies. The edges of their pectoral fins are bright yellow and their tail fin has a dark edge. Like all groupers, yellowfin groupers have large mouths so they can swallow fish and crustaceans whole. They usually grow between 1 and 2 feet in length and are found on coral reefs and walls at depths between 15 and 120 feet.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean south to Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Habitat
Adults found on rocky and coral reefs, juveniles occur in shallow turtle grass beds. Also been taken in trawls over mud bottom in the northern Gulf of Mexico.


Diet
Feeds mainly on fishes (mostly on coral reef species) and squids.


Quick Fact
Sex-reversal has been observed.


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