Largest member of the sea bass family
Last updated: October 10, 2017 at 19:21 pm
The Atlantic goliath grouper or itajara (Epinephelus itajara) is the largest member of the sea bass family, which includes all of the groupers. It can reach a maximum length of 2.5 m (8.2 ft) and weigh up to 400 kg (880 lb). The oldest recorded age for a goliath grouper is 37 years but it is estimated that it may live up to 50 years. Large specimens have occasionally shown aggressive behaviour towards humans. Divers should thus exercise caution in the presence of a large goliath grouper (formerly known as the jewfish).
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