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Scamp: Mycteroperca phenax

Appearance:

  • Color light gray or brown
  • Large adults with elongated caudal-fin rays
  • Reddish brown spots are on sides that tend to be grouped into lines
  • Some yellow around the corners of the mouth

Habitat:

Scamp are found around nearshore reefs off the northeastern coast, and on around offshore reefs in the Gulf.

Behavior:

These fish spawn in the late spring.  Scamp feed on small fish, squid, and crustaceans.  Young undergo a sex transformation from female to male as they becomes older.

Additional Information

State Record: 28 lb 6 oz, caught near Mayport

Scamp are similar in appearance to yellowmouth grouper, M. interstitialis.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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