Description: color brownish red; lining of mouth scarlet-orange; blotches on sides in unorganized pattern; second spine of dorsal fin longer than others; pectoral fins longer than pelvic fins; squared-off tail; margin of soft dorsal black with white at midfin; black dots around the eyes.
Similar fish: Nassau grouper
Where Found: juveniles OFFSHORE along with adults greater than 6 years old; fish from 1 to 6 years old occupy NEAR SHORE reefs..
Size: common to 15 pounds, generally smaller than southern flounder.
Remarks: spawns in April and May; life span of at least 25 years; feeds on squid, crustaceans, and fish.