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Grouper or scorpion fish?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by Nick Steele, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Nick Steele

    Nick Steele DIR Practitioner

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    Not dive related but buddy of mine went out deep dropping and got what he called a rock hind grouper (doesn’t look like one to me) so please help me ID it. I believe it’s some type of scorpion fish. Caught in 400’ of water in east central Florida.
     
  2. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    Looks like a Red Hind Grouper.
     
  3. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    Doesn’t look like scorpionfish.

    From our friend Google:

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  4. Nick Steele

    Nick Steele DIR Practitioner

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    Don’t red hinds have black margins on their tails? Maybe looking at book pictures isn’t doing any good for me I’m out of practice.
     
  5. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    May be your buddy caught juvenile version of Red Hind Grouper.
     
  6. Nick Steele

    Nick Steele DIR Practitioner

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    Okay guess it is a red hind thanks guys quick as usual!
     
  7. ryan115

    ryan115 Nassau Grouper

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    It is a type of scorpionfish, 100% not a red hind.
    Best guess is Neomerinthe hemingwayi, Spinycheek Scorpionfish. Fishbase has pretty poor photos of the species, but there are a few other sites with good representations.
     
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  8. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It is most definitely a grouper by its shape, NOT a scorpionfish.
     
  9. RIHappyDiver

    RIHappyDiver Barracuda

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    I’m no expert, but I’m going with scorpionfish based on the spines down the side and the splay of the pectoral fins.
     
  10. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    If it makes a great soup it is a scorpionfish, if it is more suitable for the grill it is a grouper.
     
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