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  • red-brown, fins darker
    D: IX, 2nd-4th spines long
    Hyporthodus acanthistius, Rose coney, Gulf coney, Rooster hind
    juvenile - blue spots
  • brown-green
    D X, adult - 2nd & 3rd spines long, 2nd >3rd
    juv: green + pale spots & C dark/pale
    Hyporthodus exsul, Black grouper, Ten-spine grouper
    rear nostril larger, an inverted tear drop
    24-27 gill rakers
  • tan + ~ 9 bars, last thick & dark
    D XI
    Hyporthodus mystacinus, Misty grouper
  • dark brown, sometimes + rows pale spots
    D: XI, adult - 2nd spine elongate
    juvenile - white spots + dark/yellow tail
    Hyporthodus niphobles, Snowy grouper,Star-studded grouper
    rear nostril vertically elongate, 2-5 times > front nostril
    gill rakers 8-9 + 15-17