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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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More importantly rape convictions are at a four-year low - hardly surprising if officers are spending all their time chasing celebrity gropers.
If Vivien, Liz or Sandi's experiences had happened in the last few years I would have huge sympathy for them and be demanding their gropers were held to account.
An MSP has described a decision to remove gropers and flashers from the sex offenders register as a danger to women.
Warm water tunas and billfishes are also more abundant, while Queensland gropers and tiger sharks are also visiting the region occasionally.
Nor did we receive the attentions of any serial gropers (yes, I know I could have been the exception, as no one wants to grope the fat one, but I've checked with a number of my contemporaries and they all say the same).
There's no place in the modern workplace for office gropers and lechers and bosses need to do more to stop those responsible for bad behaviour from making working life unbearable for thousands of women.
I have only one question: Do gropers count as sex offenders?
Gropers can be imprisoned for up to seven years or fined up to 50,000 yen (pounds 270).
If you want to stop gropers in their tracks, how about grabbing them back?