Snowy grouper • Snowy Grouper

Snowy grouper over a deep reef of the Cape Fear terrace. The snowy grouper is a species of marine fish. Therefore the Snowy grouper can be found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and the waters of the northern coast of Cuba.

This fish is usually taken off rocky bottoms along the edge of the continental shelf around 80-120 fathoms deep, though juveniles occasionally may be found inshore. They produce more than 2-million eggs.

Also they may reach a maximum age of 17 years, a weight of 70 pounds and a total length of 4 feet. Therefore the snowy grouper is territorial, like most grouper, and waits to ambush its prey, which includes gastropods, cephalopods, brachyuran crustaceans and ray-finned fishes. Larger adults may be called golden groupers.

The fish can reach a maximum age of 17 years and a weight of 70 pounds. The snowy grouper is territorial, like most groupers, and waits to ambush its prey. Snowy Grouper have a look that is attractive as it is distinct. The typical grouper body shape is modified by slightly longer pectoral fins, and sharper points along the spines of the dorsal fin.

Wide, large eyes are located barely above a typically large mouth. Coloration is extremely pleasant, with basically darker purple or brown hues comprising a background highlighted by white dots that look like snowflakes fallen on an antique Oldsmobile.

Therefore this pattern is consistent for juveniles, but the spots tend to fade with age. Adults retain black or dark brown bodies, but with lighter marks on the tail and caudal fins


Islands in the Stream: May 10 – October 3, 2001

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