Yellowfin grouper

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Yellowfin grouper
Mycteroperca venenosa.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Serranidae
Subfamily: Epinephelinae
Genus: Mycteroperca
Species: M. venenosa
Binomial name
Mycteroperca venenosa
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The yellowfin grouper (Mycteroperca venenosa) is a coral reef fish native to the western Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. It is generally a denizen of the deeper reef areas, but it may venture into shallower waters, especially during the cooler seasons.

The fish is variable in color, but is usually similar in appearance to the black grouper. It is distinguishable by the bright yellow trim on the pectoral fins. The yellowfin grouper is a hearty fish, often reaching 10 kg. It is considered quite tasty and is one of the more popular Gulf gamefishes. It has been known to be a cause of ciguatera toxin poisoning, however. An attractive animal, the yellowfin grouper is a popular aquarium fish.

This species is one of the main catches in the fishing industry in Bermuda. It is considered overfished, and is currently threatened in several areas.

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