Warsaw Grouper: Epinephelus nigritus
Uniformly dark brown, with no distinct markings; dorsal fin with 10 spines; second spine very long (much longer than third); caudal fin squared-off; rear nostril larger than front nostril; young have yellow caudal fin with dark saddle on caudal peduncle; some whitish spots on body
Deep rocky ledges and sea mounts, in 90-300 m (300-1000 ft). Young are sometimes caught in inshore waters.
State Record: 436 lb 12 oz, caught near Destin
Fishing Tips and Facts: Size: to 1.8 m (6 ft.) and 263 kg (580 lbs)
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles