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| Common names: grouper (English), mero (Espanol), garropa (Espanol) |
Mycteroperca jordani (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889)
Body elongate, robust, compressed, depth at dorsal origin not greater than at anal origin; snout much longer than eye; lower jaw projecting; canines at front of jaws; preopercle serrated, rounded without a distinct notch or lobe; gill rakers 21-26; dorsal rays XI,15-17, 4th and 5th spines longest; anal rays III,10-11; pectoral rays 16-18; tail fin margin straight to slightly concave, without projecting fin rays; scales in longitudinal series above lateral line 90-120.
Adults overall greyish brown; juveniles grey or grey brown with large, oblong dusky brown blotches and diffuse dark streaks radiating from eye; median fins with narrow white margins.
Size: grows to 198 cm and 91 Kg.
Inhabits rocky reefs, usually below 30 m in summer, but in shallow depths during the remainder of the year.
Depth: 2-50 m.
Southern California through the Gulf of California and the Revillagigedos.