Special thanks for the foto to David Brayn, USA.
Western Atlantic: Bermuda and Massachusetts, USA to southern Brazil, including the southern Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Adults are unknown from the northeastern coast of the USA.
A solitary species inhabiting rocky and coral reefs. Adults feed primarily on fishes; juveniles mainly on crustaceans.
Oviparous. A protogynous hermaphrodite.
Forms spawning aggregations. Common but difficult to approach.
IUCN Red List Status:
Near Threatened (NT)
Reports of ciguatera poisoning
Bonaci arara Parra, 1787
Mycteroperca bonaci xanthosticta Jordan & Swain, 1885
Serranus arara (Parra, 1787)
Serranus bonaci Poey, 1860
Serranus brunneus Poey, 1860
Serranus cyclopomatus Poey, 1861
Serranus decimalis Poey, 1860
Serranus latepictus Poey, 1861
Trisotropis aguaji Poey, 1867
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Serranidae (Family) > Epinephelinae (Subfamily) > Mycteroperca (Genus) > Mycteroperca bonaci (Species)