Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper or itajara (Epinephelus itajara),  also known as the jewfish,  is a large saltwater fish of the grouper family which is found primarily in tropical waters among coral and artificial reefs at depths from 5 to 50 m. It can reach 2.5 meters in length and 360 kg in weight. Cernia gigante atlantica Epinephelus itajara Serranidae

The Grouper belongs to the family of the Serranidae, subfamily Epinephelinae and includes numerous species of saltwater fish; they are large fish, which generally live in depth and are appreciated for their prized meats. It is a protogynous hermaphrodite fish that lives for a long time, some estimate even over 50 years, and that becomes male around the age of 12. Therefore all large specimens are male.

We met the young Goliath Grouper in the Caribbean movie during a diving in the coral reef of Cayo Largo, a small island in the Los Canarreos Archipelago.

giovane Cernia Gigante atlantica - young Goliath Grouper -
giovane Cernia Gigante atlantica – young Goliath Grouper –

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