Description: head and fins covered with small black
spots; irregular dark and vertical bars present on the sides of
body; pectoral and caudal fins rounded; first dorsal fin shorter
than and not separated from second dorsal; adults huge, up to
800 pounds; eyes small.
NEARSHORE often around docks, in deep holes, and on ledges;
young often occur in estuaries, especially around oyster bars;
more abundant in southern Florida than in northern waters.
of the groupers.
over summer months; lifespan of 30 to 50 years; feeds on
crustaceans and fish. NOTE: Goliath grouper, commonly called
jewfish, are totally protected from harvest in Florida waters.
* The Florida
records quoted are from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's printed publication,
and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are
provided as only as a benchmark.