National Geographic : 1922 Jan
GAG (Mycteroperca microlepis) [upper] ; BLACK GROUPER (Mycteroperca bonaci) [lower] Living among coral reefs, the Gag is one of the commonest of the Grouper or Rock Fish family. It is a good food fish, reaching aweight oftwenty pounds or more. It takes the hook readily and is more game than the other species. It is found in the South Atlantic and onthe Gulf coast ofthe United States, from Carolina to Pensacola and Bermuda, and is common among the Florida Keys. The Black Grouper lives a solitary life among the coral reefs except in the breeding season, when it isgregarious. An excellent food fish, itreaches a weight of one hundred and fifty pounds or more. It is strong, but not a game fighter. It is abundant about Miami, among the Florida Keys, andisfound throughout the West Indies, in Bermuda, and from Pensacola south to Brazil.