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Tình trạng bảo tồn
Phân loại khoa học
Giới (regnum) Animalia
Ngành (phylum) Chordata
Lớp (class) Actinopterygii
Bộ (ordo) Perciformes
Họ (familia) Serranidae
Chi (genus) Epinephelus
Loài (species) E. marginatus
Danh pháp hai phần
Epinephelus marginatus
(Lowe, 1834)
Danh pháp đồng nghĩa
Epinephelus guaza (Jordan & Evermann, 1896)

Cá mú sẫm màu, tên khoa học Epinephelus marginatus, is the best known grouper of Địa Trung Hải and North Africa coast. It is said to have the best taste of all Mediterranean fishes.

Morphology[sửa | sửa mã nguồn]

The Dusky Grouper has a big body with a big mouth. One long dorsal fin and a rounded tail. Its color varies from brown to green depending on the season and the age. It is green during its juvenile phase. The adult is upper brown with yellow spots and lower yellow. On the Operculum there are three spines.

Epinephelus marginatus in Mediterranean

Môi trường sống[sửa | sửa mã nguồn]

The dusky grouper is a solitary fish. It likes to live alone in rocks, at depths from the coast to 300 meters, but it's rare to find it below 60 meters. It has a barometric distribution, where the younger specimens are found near the coast and the older ones at the depths.

It normally has one cave considered as home and several other caves as temporary refuges. Its home has a minimum of two exits, and a size slightly bigger than the grouper, so no bigger animal can enter in. In case of biting attack or other force to extract it, the grouper opens its mouth, and the operculum spines wedge it inside the cave.

Nó có thể được tìm thấy ở the Mediterranean, the African phía tây coast and bờ biển của Brasil. It is rare in the waters of miền tây Indian ocean, Uruguay, Argentina, phía bắc of Pháp and the British Isles.

Reproduction[sửa | sửa mã nguồn]

It is a protogynous hermaphrodite, i.e. the young are predominantly female but transform into males as they grow larger. Reproduction normally takes place between the summer months.

Nutrition[sửa | sửa mã nguồn]

It feeds mainly on other fish, crabs and octopus. It is very greedy and one of the major predators in the Mediterranean sea.

Dusky Grouper.JPG

Fishing[sửa | sửa mã nguồn]

In some countries the dusky grouper is considered a delicacy. Referring to its preference among restaurant guests, the Spanish say 'De la mar el mero y de la tierra el carnero' (From the sea the dusky grouper, from the land the lamb).

Size[sửa | sửa mã nguồn]

It normally grows to lengths of between 50 and 100 cm, and between 3 to 10 kg. But its not rare to find exemplars of more than 40 kg. It can grow up to 150 centimeters.and 60 kilograms in weight.

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