Epinephelus itajara

English: goliath grouper, jewfish, blackbass, esonue grouper, giant seabass, grouper, hamlet, southern jewfish, and spotted jewfis
Spanish: cherna, guasa, mero guasa

The giant of the grouper family, the goliath (formerly called jewfish) has brown or yellow mottling with small black spots on the head and fins, a large mouth with jawbones that extend well past its small eyes and a rounded tail. It also hasĀ five dark body bands or stripes that are most visible on young goliath.

This giant can reach 800 pounds (455 kg) and over 8 feet (2 meters) in length.

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