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#5326 Humpback Grouper - Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam (Holland)

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Humpback Grouper at the Artis Royal Zoo (also known as Natura Artis Magistra), Amsterdam (Holland)

The Humpback Grouper, Panther Grouper, or (in Australia) Barramundi Cod is a demersal marine fish which belongs to the family Serranidae, the groupers. The Humpback Grouper is a medium-sized fish which grows up to 70 centimetres (28 inches). Its particular body shape makes this grouper quite impossible to mix up with other fishes. Its body is compressed laterally and is relatively high. This stocky and strange visual effect is accented by its concave profile and its elongated snout which gives it a humpbacked appearance. The young have a white background with round black spots and are continuously swimming head down. The adults have a body colouration with variances of grey and beige with darker blotches variable in size on the body. Small black spots cover the whole body. It is widely distributed throughout the tropical waters of the central Indo-West Pacific region. The Humpback Grouper lives in clear waters from lagoons and seaward reefs with a preference for dead or silty areas.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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