Mutton Hamlet (Alphestes afer)

Also known as Cod, Coney, Hamlet, Hind, Mossyfish, Mossy Grouper, Mutton Hamlet, Pacific Mutton Hamlet, Red Nigger Hamlet, Rock Bass, Rockcod, Small Grouper, Trout

Description

Also known as Cod, Coney, Hamlet, Hind, Mossyfish, Mossy Grouper, Mutton Hamlet, Pacific Mutton Hamlet, Red Nigger Hamlet, Rock Bass, Rockcod, Small Grouper, Trout.

Found singly during the day hiding in crevices or lying in seaweed areas partly covered in sand, out hunting for food at night over reefs.
They feed nocturnally on benthic crustaceans.
Length - 33cm
Depth - 2-30m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Western Atlantic, Caribbean

A master of camouflage!

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/8726

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