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Giant Grouper
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Giant Grouper

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordata

Class:

ACtinopterygii

Order:

Perciformes

Family:

Serranidae

Genus:

Epinephelus

Species:

E. lanceolatus

Binomial name:

Epinephelus lanceolatus

The giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus), also known as the brindle bass, brown spotted cod, or bumblebee grouper and as the Queensland grouper in Australia, is the largest bony fish found in coral reefs, and the aquatic emblem of Queensland, Australia. It is found throughout the Indo-Pacific region, with the exception of the Persian Gulf. The species can grow as large as 2.7 meters (9 ft) long, weighing up to 600 kg (1320 lb); there are unconfirmed reports of it growing much bigger. They are fairly common in shallow waters and feed on a variety of marine life, including smallsharks and juvenile sea turtles.

This giant fish is similar to the Malabar grouper, and its colour changes with age. The giant grouper has a large mouth and a rounded tail. Juveniles have irregular black and yellow markings, while adults are green-grey to grey-brown with faint mottling. There are numerous small black spots on the fins.

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