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common name for a large carnivorous member of the family Serranidae (sea bassbass
, common name applied to various fishes of Centrarchidae (black basses and sunfishes), Serranidae (sea basses and groupers), Moronidae (temperate basses), and other families.
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 family), abundant in tropical and subtropical seas and highly valued as food fish. There are several genera, notably Epinephelus and Mycteroperca, including some 100 species, most of which are characterized by bright markings that change in color and pattern to match the background. In the West Indies and the Florida Keys are found the yellowfin grouper, noted for its many beautiful color phases; the coney, the smallest (9 in./22.5 cm) grouper, colored a livid reddish gray with blue spots; and the Nassau grouper, the rock hind, and the gag. The largest of the sea bass are the giant grouper, the Atlantic and Pacific goliath groupers, and others in the genus Epinephelus. The Altantic goliath grouper, E. itajara, formerly known as a jewfish, reaches a length of 8 ft (2.4 m) and a weight of 800 lb (360 kg); the Pacific goliath grouper is similar. The giant grouper, E. lanceolatus, found in the Indian and Pacific oceans, reaches 12 ft (3.6 m) in length and 880 lb (360 kg) in weight. The red grouper and the black grouper, common N to the Carolinas, form the bulk of the commercial catch; both species weigh up to 50 lb (22.5 kg). Groupers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Serranidae.
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According to the Criminal Evidence report, the alleged groper sustained a permanent injury due to the punch and had been unable to fully open his mouth ever since.
The western blue groper (Achoerodus gouldii) is found throughout southern Australia, southwards from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands at 28[degrees]30'S, 113[degrees]40'E on the west coast and eastwards along the south coast to Portland in Victoria at 38[degrees]21'S; 141[degrees]36'E (Hutchins and Swainston, 1986; Gommon et al.
But the judge said, ''The victim gave a specific description of her position in relation to the groper, and this and other information was corroborated by witnesses who observed the situation from close range.
A 15-STONE drunken groper twice pinched a woman's bottom in a North Wales pub before lifting her skirt, a court heard yesterday.
Schwarzenegger's win came despite a string of recent claims that he is a serial groper who once said he admired Hitler.
Instead of being misunderstood as a groper, I (now) feel refreshed and this is nice,'' one said.
This supports the findings of Lee & Groper (1974) who reported that males do not fit the stereotype of the ideal student -- quiet, orderly, and conforming -- but rather call out answers, act out, interrupt, and misbehave, in general, much more frequently than do females.
But, an honest groper, he does not rule out the possibility of being, in the words of Wordsworth, "surprised by joy.
released by Palo Duro Records in October 2006, is the result of the resolution of a lawsuit filed by Jerry Jeff Walker dba Groper Music against Palo Duro Records.
GROPER Dave Lee Travis stands condemned by his own arrogant lack of remorse.
Jill stopped dancing and told Shelly what had just happened, and the two girls tried to look for Sandra but found their mission hampered by every groper and womaniser in the club.
30,000 to the Conservation Council of SA for a statewide survey by Reef Watch volunteers and marine scientists of reef fish and blue groper.