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Mycteroperca phenax


Illustration of a scamp grouper
  • 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.

Additional Information

State Record: 28 lb 6 oz, caught near Mayport

Recreational Regulations



Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles