Speckled Hind

Speckled Hind

Speckled Hind

Epinephelus drummondhayi

AKA:

Kitty Mitchell, Strawberry Grouper

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

The common names of this grouper stem from the profusion of tiny white spots that cover the deep reddish-brown head, body and fins. In addition to the normal color pattern, some juveniles undergo a yellowish phase, where white spots cover a light yellow background.


Biological description:

Speckled hind inhabit warm, moderately deep waters from North Carolina to Cuba, including Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico. Preferred habitats include high- and low-profile hard bottoms in depths of 25 to 183 meters, with temperatures of 60° to 85°F. They are most common between 60 and 120 meters. Off the Carolinas, the speckled hind is usually found inshore of deep-water reef fish (tilefish, snowy, warsaw and yellowedge groupers). Like other reef fish studied in the South Atlantic Bight, speckled hind seem to display a fish size-water depth relationship, smaller fish occur inshore, where larger fish are found in deeper waters. The world record is a 64-pound speckled hind, caught off North Carolina. They are protogynous hermaphrodites, with females reaching sexual maturity at 4 or 5 years of age (about 19-21 inches long). Spawning takes place offshore in July through September. Speckled hind generally engulf their prey whole. Their life span is approximately 25 years.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • Size Limit: Closed to harvest and possession in federal waters.
  • Trip Limit: Closed to harvest and possession in federal waters.
  • Regulatory Remarks: Closed to harvest and possession in federal waters.
  • Additional Updates: Closed to harvest and possession in federal waters.

Recreational:

  • Size Limit: Closed to harvest and possession in federal waters.
  • Bag Limit: Closed to harvest and possession in federal waters.
  • Regulatory Remarks: Closed to harvest and possession in federal waters.
  • Additional Updates: Closed to harvest and possession in federal waters.