Maturity at: 38 cm in length
Max Published Size: 100 cm and 40 pounds
TnT Record: 26 pounds (unofficial)
TnT Season: Year round
IUCN status: Least concern
General Information: An oceanic and insular species, very much restricted to clear oceanic waters. Not commonly found in shallow banks. Sometimes seen near drop-off at outer edge of reefs. It's normally solitary but it can form small schools of up to 30 individuals. It's been also seen schooling with almaco jacks and amberjacks. Feed on crustaceans, mollusks and fish at night. Eggs are pelagic, but their reproductive behavior and early life history are unknown. Marketed mainly fresh, also dried or salted.
Photo courtesy Flower Garden NOAA