Red Hind

(Epinephelus guttatus)

Epinephelus guttatus, commonly known as the red hind is a species of fish belonging to the family Serranidae, which includes groupers and sea basses.

  1. Appearance:
    • Body: Red hinds have a robust and elongated body typical of groupers, with a large mouth and powerful jaws.
    • Coloration: They are generally reddish-brown to olive in color with darker mottling or spots covering the body. The fins may have a slightly lighter coloration.
    • Size: Adults can grow up to around 30 inches (76 cm) in length.
  2. Habitat:
    • Red hinds are found in tropical and subtropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, ranging from North Carolina (USA) to Brazil, including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
    • They inhabit rocky reefs, ledges, and occasionally mangrove areas, typically in depths ranging from shallow coastal waters to around 150 feet (45 meters).
  3. Behavior:
    • They are solitary and territorial fish, often occupying specific territories within their habitat.
    • Red hinds are opportunistic predators, feeding primarily on smaller fish, crustaceans, and occasionally cephalopods.