Maturity at: 60 cm in length
Max Published Size: 160 cm and 130 pounds
TnT Record: 45 pounds (unofficial)
TnT Season: Year round
IUCN status: Least concern
General Information: Adults are demersal in outer reef slopes and offshore banks to 500 ft or more. They may form small groups but often solitary. Young are often seen offshore around floating objects. They feed day and night mainly on fish, but also on small squid. Eggs are pelagic. Marketed fresh and salted or dried. May cause ciguatera poisoning, particularly in coral reef areas.
Photo courtesy Flower Garden NOAA