A member of the grouper/seabass family, the graysby is a small, secretive reef ﬁsh. Graysby are commonly caught on hook and line, but their small size precludes them from being particularly sought after.
IdentificationVarying from pale gray to dark brown, the graysby has many darker orangish, red-brown spots on its body, fins, and chin. There are three to five distinctive marks, like pale or dark spots, that run along the base of the dorsal ﬁn. A white line runs between the eyes from the nape to the lower lip.
The spots change color, either growing pale or darkening in contrast with the body. The tail of the graysby is more rounded than it is in similar species. There are 9 spines and 14 rays in the soft dorsal fin, compared to 15 to 17 rays in the closely related coney.