Leather Bass (Dermatolepis dermatolepis)

Also known as Cod, Hind, Leather Zebra, Marbled Grouper, Rockcod, Trout

Description

Also known as Cod, Hind, Leather Zebra, Marbled Grouper, Rockcod, Trout.

Found singly or in schools often seen following other fish and eels to catch their prey which have been flushed out of their hiding places by the other critters, over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small benthic fish.
Juveniles found in the spines of sea urchins.
Length - 100cm
Depth - 5-50m
Widespread Eastern Pacific

Groupers are solitary carnivores that hunt near the bottom usually at dusk. Food is drawn into their mouths by a powerful suction when they open their overly large mouths and then swallowed whole.
Spawning is seasonal and controlled by the moons phase. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/9185

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