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Malabar grouper, Epinephelus malabaricus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Serranidae
Subfamily: Epinephelinae

Groupers are large fish of the perch type.[1] They are genera in the subfamily Epinephelinae.

Groupers and the sea basses are in the family Serranidae. Most groupers are in one of two large genera: Epinephelus and Mycteroperca. Also, species in the small genera Anyperidon, Cromileptes, Dermatolepis, Gracila, Saloptia, and Triso are also called groupers. Fish in the genus Plectropomus are referred to as coralgroupers. These genera are all in the subfamily Epiphelinae.

Sometimes other fish have common names with the word "grouper". Nonetheless, "grouper" on its own is usually taken to mean the subfamily Epinephelinae.

References[change | change source]

  1. Oxford University Press, "Oxford Dictionary: 'grouper'", Oxford English Dictionary, Retrieved 11 September 2014.