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Several species of grouper (Epinephelus spp.), including gag, red grouper, and goliath grouper, are found in Florida waters.

Gag Species Account

The gag grouper, Mycteroperca microlepis, is common to Florida's reefs. These fish can reach nearly 50 inches in total length.

Goliath Grouper

Have you seen this fish? We need your help locating juvenile or adult Goliath Grouper.

Red Grouper Fishery Information

Recent actions and information regarding the Gulf of Mexico red grouper fishery.

Red Grouper Species Account

Red grouper, Epinephelus morio, are abundant in the Gulf of Mexico. This article provides information about their diet, growth parameters, reproduction, and catch rates.

Grouper Sea Stats Publication

This summary life history of grouper (Epinephelus spp.) includes information about age and growth, distribution and migration, and feeding habits.

Using Telemetry to Monitor Goliath Grouper

Acoustic telemetry is used to measure impacts of catch-and-release fishing on goliath grouper and to determine behavior patterns of this federally protected species.

Goliath Grouper Reports and Research

Read about stock assessments and other scientific research on goliath grouper.

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Freshwater catfish have many external taste buds on their barbels, so they use their sense of taste more than their sight to find prey.

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