Scientific name: Mycteroperca microlepis
The gag grouper is brownish gray with dark, worm-like markings on the sides. Its fins are dark, its anal and caudal fins having a white margin. It doesn’t have brassy marks found on black grouper. It exhibits a slightly concaved tail and a spur on the preopercle.
Adults reside on reefs and drop-off walls in deeps waters (as deep as 60 feet). The young are found inshore in grassbeds and mangrove forests.
Gag groupers can be found in Southwest Florida. They can also be found all around Florida in as deep as 30 feet or more.