Seafood Expo North America. Seafood Expo Global. Seafood Expo Asia. Become a member Login. Subscribe to SeafoodSource News You may unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time. Published on January 23, Groupers belong to one of the largest and most widely distributed families of fish, the sea basses.
Bubba the Brindle Bass
Grouper , any of numerous species of large-mouthed heavy-bodied fishes of the family Serranidae order Perciformes , many belonging to the genera Epinephelus and Mycteroperca. Groupers are widely distributed in warm seas and are often dully coloured in greens or browns, but a number are brighter, more boldly patterned fishes. Some, such as the Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus , are noted for their ability to change from one to any of a number of other colour patterns. Also, in many species, such as the black and yellowfin groupers Mycteroperca bonaci and M. Groupers are protogynous hermaphrodites ; that is, they first function as females and later transform into males. They are prime food fishes and also provide sport for anglers and spearfishers.
Kreature Feature started off as an educational presentation at our monthly general staff meetings here at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Every month PA to Head of Education Katja Rockstroh presents a different animal that we have here at the Aquarium and tells our colleagues more about it. Usually she uncovers some rather interesting facts about the various animals she researches. The brindle bass Epinephelus lanceolatus goes by many other names: brindled grouper, giant grouper, bumblebee grouper, Queensland groper yes, that is the correct spelling — according to Australians and brownspotted cod. The fact that one fish can have so many common names highlights the importance of classification and taxonomy, because Latin names do not change according to what country you happen to be in. There are 99 different species within the Epinephelus genus, ranging from tiny to the largest bony reef fish in the world, the brindle bass. When I say large, I mean … huge. This fish can grow to 2.
The giant grouper Epinephelus lanceolatus , also known as the Queensland groper , Queensland grouper , brindle grouper or mottled-brown sea bass , is a species of marine ray-finned fish , a grouper from the subfamily Epinephelinae which is part of the family Serranidae , which also includes the anthias and sea basses. It has a wide Indo-Pacific distribution and is one of the largest extant species of bony fish. The giant grouper has a robust body which has a standard length equivalent to 2. The dorsal profile of the head and the intraorbital area are convex, The propercle has a rounded corner and a finely serrated margin. The gill cover has a convex upper margin. There are 54 to 62 scales in its lateral line. The small juveniles are yellow with wide, dark irregular bars and irregular dark spots on their fins. The giant grouper has a wide Indo-Pacific distribution, it is the most widely distributed species of grouper in the world.