Become a Zoollower, now with 3x2 for the first members. Find out here!

Giant grouper

Scientific name:  Epinephelus lanceolatus
Class:  Fish
Continent:  Asia
Habitat:  Océanos y mares
Diet:  Piscívoro
Weight:  300 - 600 kg
Size:  2,7 m
altphoto altphoto altphoto

Meet the giant grouper!

The Giant Grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) is the largest bony fish that lives in coral reefs. It owes this title to its maximum weight of 600 kilograms  It is also known for being the marine emblem of Queensland (Australia).

Among its characteristics is a huge mouth, and a fan-shaped tail. Regarding colors, adults are grayish green (with small black spots on the fins), while the young are very striking and have irregular areas with black, white and yellow spots. It is a fish that inhabits caves and shipwrecks in the Indo-Pacific region.

What are its habits?

The feeding of the giant grouper is based on a wide range of prey and includes smaller fish, crustaceans, cephalopods, as well as smaller turtles and sharks. It can be found at a depth of 100 meters, although it usually prefers shallower waters, always near the reef where it feeds.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


When it comes to eating, there is no stopping the Giant Grouper. The seamen know this species with the nickname "Hell Fish".

Great adventures from



Covid Info
Learn more about some of the Zoo's animals in a unique adventure

Learn more about some of the Zoo's animals in a unique adventure