Also known as Big-eyed Grouper, Black Grouper, Cod, Convict Grouper, Eightbar Grouper, Hind, Moustache Grouper, Rockcod, Trout.
Found singly usually in deep waters.
They feed on crustaceans, small fish and squid.
Juveniles found over shallow waters.
Length - 160cm
Depth - 30-400m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean, 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/Hyporthodus-mystacinus