Yellowmouth Grouper: Mycteroperca interstitialis
color tan or brown with darker spots, or a network of spots, fused into lines; distinct yellow wash behind the jaws; yellow around the eyes; outer edges of fins yellowish.
OFFSHORE over reefs and rocks; not as common as scamp in the Gulf; range limited to southern Florida
undergoes sex reversal, young individuals female, older individuals becoming male; young fish are bi-colored, dark above white below; feeds on small fish and crustaceans.
This species is not currently eligible for a state record.
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Similar Fish: scamp, M. phenax.
Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles