Hyporthodus flavolimbatus (Poey, 1865)
Yellowedge grouper
Hyporthodus flavolimbatus
photo by Cook, M.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets), subfamily: Epinephelinae
Max. size:  115 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 19 kg; max. reported age: 35 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range 90 - 360 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA to southern Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Distinguished by the following characteristics: buff or greyish brown head and body, whitish ventrally; yellow margins of dorsal and pectoral fins, sometimes including anal and caudal fins; pale blue line from the eye to the angle of preopercle; depth of body less than head length, contained 2.7-2.9 times in SL; head length 2.4-2.6 times in SL; convex interorbital area; angular preopercle, serrae at the angle distinctly enlarged; eye diameter equal to or greater than interorbital width in fish less than 45 cm SL; posterior and anterior nostrils subequal in size (Ref. 89707).
Biology:  A solitary species (Ref. 26340) occurring in rocky areas and on sand mud bottom. On soft bottoms they are often seen in or near trenches or burrow-like excavations. Feeds on a wide variety of invertebrates (mainly brachyuran crabs) and fishes. Marketed fresh and considered good quality.
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 21 November 2016 (A2bd+4bd) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 24.10.13
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.04.94

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