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Hello All,
New on this forum, I'll start to participate instead of always reading :thumbup:

I spent a few hours looking for a valid identification of this Grouper / Hind? and I understand there is some serious specialists who can help me on this forum.
The fish is 10 inches long, caught and released 2 miles offshore North Miami Beach, FL, on reef, 65 feet deep. The spots are white with a bluish circle.
Any help is welcome!
 

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I am normally pretty good at fish ids but not sure on this one i would guess it is some kind of hind but that's all i have unfortunately. Chrisv will be a long shortly with the correct id haha
 

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Cephalopholis miniata, known commonly as the coral hind, is a species of marine fish in the family Serranidae. Other names include miniatus grouper, miniata grouper, coral or blue-spot rockcod, vermilion seabass, and coral grouper.


Just taking a stab at it....
 

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I am normally pretty good at fish ids but not sure on this one i would guess it is some kind of hind but that's all i have unfortunately. Chrisv will be a long shortly with the correct id haha
Thanks, so I'm waiting for ChrisV I guess
 

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To MrFish and Jason, I bet the same but not sure yet, thanks though :thumbsup:
I'm running a small identification page, so I need to be sure before posting it
For now, my closest guess is Cephalopholis sp., anyone with some diagnosis criteria, such as number of spines?
 

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Damn Josh, I’m proud of you on this one.

It is indeed a Coney, Cephalopholis fulva. They can be tricky to ID because they go through various color phases. Yours appears to be in mid phase. Coneys are small, rarely reaching more than 2lbs.

Jason, the grouper you described is in the same genus, but wrong “ocean”, being an indo-pacific species
 

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Damn Josh, I’m proud of you on this one.

It is indeed a Coney, Cephalopholis fulva. They can be tricky to ID because they go through various color phases. Yours appears to be in mid phase. Coneys are small, rarely reaching more than 2lbs.

Jason, the grouper you described is in the same genus, but wrong “ocean”, being an indo-pacific species
Great knowledge brother.....!
 
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