Kitty Mitchell Grouper
is a species of
fish in the
It is commonly
called the calico grouper, speckled hind, or
strawberry grouper. Found in Bermuda
and the United States.
Its natural habitats are open seas, shallow seas, subtidal aquatic beds, and coral reefs. It is threatened by
The speckled hind is a U.S. National Marine
Fisheries Service or Species of Concern. Species of Concern are those species about which the U.S. Government’s National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service,
has some concerns regarding status and threats, but for which insufficient
information is available to indicate a need to list the species under the U.S.
Endangered Species Act.
Speckled hind derive their name from the multitude of tiny
white spots that cover their reddish-brown head, body and fins. Juvenile
specimens tend to have yellow body color with white spots (Ross 1988). Speckled
hinds are deep-water groupers: adults inhabit offshore rocky bottoms in depths
of 80 to 1300 feet (25 to 400 m) but are most common between 200 and 400 feet
(60 and 120 m) in many areas of the Western Atlantic. There is a paucity of data
for this species: the stock structure is not characterized, population size is
unknown and much of their life history has not been thoroughly investigated.
Tackle & Bait
Deep drop fishing with electric
reels are the normal method of catching this species.
Prized as good eating.
Limits & Regulations
IUCN: Critically Endangered
American Fisheries Society:
Grouper Bag limit is 3 fish, which means no harvester may retain more than 3
Atlantic Groupers in any combination.