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Giant Grouper/Potata Bass Giant Grouper/Potato Bass - Epinephelus tukula are huge in size, this one was around 1.5 meters and are not afraid of divers.  They hang around us during our dives and it seems like they were curious with what we were doing :D Epinephelus tukula,Geotagged,Mozambique,Ponta do Ouro,Potato cod,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Giant Grouper/Potata Bass

Giant Grouper/Potato Bass - Epinephelus tukula are huge in size, this one was around 1.5 meters and are not afraid of divers. They hang around us during our dives and it seems like they were curious with what we were doing :D

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  1. Super shot! Looks like a friendly fella Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks, Christine and yes, this one was very friendly :) Posted 4 years ago
  2. From today's Facebook slide show:

    JungleDragon has exceeded 1,000 species of ray-finned fish! Ray-finned fish (Class Actinopterygii) compose half of all living vertebrates, and represent approximately 99% of the ~30,000 existing species of fish. They live in fresh and salt water environments, including mountain streams, swamps, ponds, icy polar waters, and the deep sea.

    Ray-finned fish have some interesting features. Most extant (living) species have leptoid scales, which are lightweight and flexible. These scales increase fitness by allowing the fish to better evade predators and find food more efficiently. Ray-finned fish also have branchiostegal rays, which are long, curved bones that support the gills and increase the efficiency of pumping water across the gills. The feature that lends ray-finned fish their name is also one of their most unique. Unlike other groups of fish, ray-finned fish have fins that are webs of skin supported by bony spines (rays) rather than fleshy fins. These rays attach directly to their skeletons. The bony spines are deterrents against predators, who may not want to get impaled while eating their dinner. Furthermore, the location of the pelvic fins on ray-finned fish is high on their bodies, which increases their dexterity. Overall, these beautiful creatures have several adaptations that make them unique in the world of ichthyology. #JungleDragon

    **A special thanks to Albert Kang, Marta Rubio Texeira, Zach Alley, and Danté Fenolio for giving us countless reasons to respect and be humbled by the beauty of fish. We have been inspired by their magnificence! Thank you for sharing your breathtaking photos on JungleDragon!
    Posted 3 years ago

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The Potato cod, ''Epinephelus tukula'' is a least concern fish as labeled by the IUCN Red List, and a native fish in Australia The Potato Cod is also a native to many other Asian countries. It can reach a length of 8.5 feet and can weigh as much as 110 kilograms . Although considered harmless, the Potato Rockcod is inquisitive, and on rare occasions, large individuals may be aggressive.

Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by Albert Kang
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Uploaded Sep 25, 2016. Captured Mar 18, 2014 20:33 in Lighthouse Rd, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique.
  • DSC-RX100
  • f/2.2
  • 1/100s
  • ISO160
  • 10.4mm