- Light gray or brown body
- Sides with dark or reddish-brown spots, often grouped into rosettes
- Upper and lower caudal fin rays elongated in adults
- Corners of mouth may have yellow coloration
Similar Species: Yellowmouth grouper, M. interstitalis (inside and corners of mouth are yellow)
Size: Common to 12 inches, but may reach up to 42 inches
Nearshore and offshore reefs, ledges and rocky bottoms
Spawn in late spring. Young undergo a sex transformation from female to male as they becomes older.
Feed on small fishes and invertebrates.