The Snowy Groupers coloration changes as the fish grows. Smaller fish (bottom pic)are dark brown with small white spots on the sides. A very distinctive black blotch occurs on the caudal peduncle. Larger snowy groupers like the one pictured above (top pic) gradually lose the white spots and the spot near the tail fin until they are just basically dark brownish color with a whitish belly. The top portion of the dorsal fin is black.
Snowy Grouper are large fish and can reach weights of 50 pounds. Snowy Grouper range from Massachusetts to the Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and south to southern Brazil.