Red hind

Red hind
Red hind
Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes)
Epinephelus guttatus
0 to 100+ ft
The red hind resembles a number of other groupers with its numerous reddish brown spots, but is recognized by the black margin on the rear dorsal fin, anal fin and tail. These fins are also edged with a fine white line. Unlike other similar groupers, such as the graysby and coney, the red hind has no distinct markings apart from the red-brown body spots and the dark fin edges. It can pale or darken to better match its surroundings. It grows to a length of 15 inches (38 cm). The red hind is common throughout the Caribbean, inhabiting shallow patch reefs and drop-offs. It typically rests on the bottom on its pectoral fins or drifts just above the bottom. The red hind is usually approachable by divers. It feeds on shrimp, crabs and small fish.

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