Also known as Cod, Day Grouper, Hamlet, Hind, Jacob Paper, Rockcod, Rockfish, Sweetlip, Trout, White Grouper.
Found singly or in small and large schools in mid waters or resting on the bottom blending with surroundings over cave ledges, lagoons and seaward reefs. Colour can change from pale to very dark.
They feed on crustaceans, fish and molluscs.
Juveniles found in seagrass beds.
Length - 120cm
Depth - 1-90m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean
Protected in Florida due to the decline in numbers!
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/1865