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Red Hind - Epinephelus guttatus

Status: Overfished
Current commercial grouper in Puerto Rico
Size at Maturity: 25cm

Graysby - Cephalopholis cruentata 

Status: Least Concern
Reported in the fishery for Puerto Rico

Size at Maturity: 16cm

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Nassau grouper
Rock Hind - Epinephelus adscensionis

Status: Under-represented in catch data
Reported in the fishery for Puerto Rico

Size at Maturity: 25-36cm

Coney - Cephalopholis fulva

Status: Least Concerned
Reported in the fishery for Puerto Rico

Size at Maturity: 14.7cm

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Tiger - Mycteroperca tigris

Status: Data Deficient
Reported in the fishery for Puerto Rico

Size at Maturity: 46 cm

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Yellowmouth - Mycteroperca interstitialis 

Status: Vulnerable
Reported in the fishery for Puerto Rico

Size at Maturity: Unknown

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Black - Mycteroperca bonaci  

Status: Near Threatened
Reported in the fishery for Puerto Rico

Size at Maturity: 68cm

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Yellowfin - Mycteroperca venenosa

Status: Near Threatened
Reported in the fishery for Puerto Rico

Size at Maturity: 50cm

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Nassau - Epinephelus striatus

Status: Endangered
Federally protected; illegal to keep as catch

Size at Maturity: 48cm

Goliath - Epinephelus itajara

Status: Endangered
Federally protected; illegal to keep as catch

Size at Maturity: 128cm

THE GROUPERS

These are some of the coral reef groupers that live in shallow waters (100 fathoms or less) in Puerto Rico (PR) and the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ, 9-200 nm). 

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The capture, possession and sale is prohibited from December 1 to February 28 (29) in PR and west EEZ.

Red Hind - Epinephelus guttatus

Dark margin of caudal, anal and second dorsal fins
Red spots on body
Can reach 76 cm (30 inches) in length

The capture, possession and sale is prohibited from December 1 to February 28(29) in PR and the western EEZ.

Graysby - Cephalopholis cruentata 

Rounded caudal fin without dark margin
4 dorsal spots that are black

Can reach 33 cm (13 inches) in length

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Rock Hind - Epinephelus adscensionis

Caudal fin with no dark margin
3 dorsal dark saddles one on the base of the tail

Can reach 62 cm (24 inches) in length

Coney - Cephalopholis fulva

Dark spots with blue margins on body
Has 3 different color phases: brown, bi-color and red

Can reach 39 cm (15 inches) in length

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The capture, possession and sale is prohibited from February 1 to April 30 in EEZ.

Tiger - Mycteroperca tigris

Dense brown or red spots on body
Pale diagonal lines

Can reach 100 cm (40 inches) in length

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Yellowmouth - Mycteroperca interstitialis 

Straight edge of caudal fin with uniform rays
Yellow jaw and inside of mouth

Can reach 84 cm (33 inches) in length

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The capture, possession and sale is prohibited from February 1 to April 30 in EEZ.

Black - Mycteroperca bonaci  

Straight edge of caudal fin with dark wide margin with white border

Squared blotches on body

Can reach 150 cm (60 inches) in length 

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The capture, possession and sale is prohibited from February 1 to April 30 in PR and EEZ.

Yellowfin - Mycteroperca venenosa

Straight edge of caudal fin with thin dark margin
Yellow edge of pectoral fins

Small red dots on body

Can reach 100 cm (40 inches) in length

The capture, possession and sale is prohibited year round.

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Nassau - Epinephelus striatus

Dark saddle on the base of the tail
5 gray vertical bands on body

Can reach 100 cm (40 inches) in length

The capture, possession and sale is prohibited year round.

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Goliath - Epinephelus itajara

Caudal fin large and rounded

Eye relatively small

Can reach 250 cm (8 feet) in length