Yellowfin Grouper: Mycteroperca venenosa
color highly variable greenish olive or bright red with longitudinal rows of darker black blotches over entire fish; outer one third of pectoral fins bright yellow; lower parts of larger fish with small bright red spots
OFFSHORE on reefs off southern portions of Florida.
undergoes sex reversal from female to male in latter part of life; specific name translates to "venomous," alluding to the fact that this fish, perhaps more frequently than other groupers, is associated with ciguatera poisoning; feeds on fish and squid.
34 lb 6 oz, caught near Key Largo
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