Meet the groupers

The grouper head­ing down­hill

World of Animals - - What’s Inside... -

The slow-mov­ing, big-mouthed preda­tors with some rather un­usual abil­i­ties

With its stocky body, stooped pro­file and coat­ing of dark spots, there’s no mis­tak­ing the hump­back grouper. To make them even more pe­cu­liar, the young of this dis­tinc­tive fish con­stantly swim with their heads fac­ing down. Like other mem­bers of the fam­ily, the hump­back grouper is able to change sex.

The hump­back grouper is a nat­u­rally rare species, but its wild pop­u­la­tion is be­com­ing even smaller. Fish­ing for food and the degra­da­tion of its habi­tat are re­duc­ing num­bers, and its un­usual ap­pear­ance has made it pop­u­lar with aquar­ium own­ers.

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