Co­ral grouper

The fam­ily man

World of Animals - - Meet The Family -

Un­sur­pris­ingly, co­ral groupers are found swim­ming in the clear waters around co­ral reefs. Most of their diet is made up of fish, with the rest con­sist­ing of crus­taceans. They’re am­bush preda­tors, hid­ing them­selves and ly­ing in wait un­til prey pass by.

Dom­i­nant male co­ral groupers con­trol harems con­tain­ing as many as 12 fe­males. Within the group’s ter­ri­tory, each fe­male holds and defends her own smaller area. Both sexes are brightly coloured, en­dear­ing them to fish en­thu­si­asts and aquar­ium vis­i­tors alike.

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