Is Bumblebee Grouper

Daniel Brown
• Monday, 16 November, 2020
• 8 min read

(Important) Please Click HERE to double-check our supplier's website for in-stock on your order to prevent delay. *All Fish, Inverts and Coral ship next day UPS from Atlanta, Ga.×Your order may not look like photo shown due to variety and size within a species. DescriptionThe BumbleBeeGrouper or Giant Grouper goes through various color changes; as a juvenile the Bumblebee Grouper has a blackish brown splotched body, when the fish matures the spots will become more elaborate and defined with blending colors and the body will turn green to brown with yellow highlights.

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The mature Bumblebee Grouper is very solitaire and slow moving; this beast that will devour anything that looks like a meal that will fit in it's gaping greedy mouth; choose tank mates wisely and be warned. Be prepared to have a 300-500 gallon tank or more to house but very doable in smaller aquarium to start for a while.

The Bumblebee Grouper is a true classic of the fish world and sure to draw a large audience in any arena. Feed a variety of meaty foods such as silver sides and frozen shrimp.

Try saturating food in liquid vitamins and garlic for good fish health. Groupers tend to grow rather big, but some species have been successfully kept by aquariums with large aquariums.

It lives in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea down to South Africa and eastwards to Hawaii and Micronesia. In the western Pacific, you can find Bumblebee groupers from southern Japan to Australia.

The Bumblebee grouper is normally seen in lagoons and around coral reefs, but it has also been observed over rocky bottoms, mudflats, among seagrass and out in pelagic and pelagic waters. The Bumblebee grouper has been found down to a dept of 100 meters (330 feet), but it is more commonly encountered in shallower water.

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Epimetheus lanceolatus is too uncommon to be of any major commercial importance for large fisheries, but it is a popular species in the live reef food-fish trade in South East Asia, especially in China and in regions with a significant Chinese population. Large specimens are stringy with a strong flavor and are therefore not very appreciated as food fish.

Small specimens are on the other hand considered a delicacy and the meat is appreciated worldwide. (1 kg = 2.2 lbs) Epimetheus lanceolatus is caught to satisfy the global aquarium trade.

The thick walled stomach of Epimetheus lanceolatus sells for a high price. What we do know is that this species have a minimum population doubling time that exceeds 14 years, which makes it vulnerable.

The Bumblebee grouper doesn’t reach sexually maturity until it is 105-130 cm (-3.4-4.3 feet) in size. Many fish traders in Hong Kong and mainland China are today offering live Bumblebee groupers from full cycle hatchery cultures in China and Taiwan and this will hopefully decrease the pressure on our remaining wild populations.

In the Northern Territory, no species of the genus Epinephelusmay be taken if it exceeds 120 cm (almost 4 feet) in length. India has imposed a total ban on capture and sale of Epimetheus lanceolatus in the Union Territory of Andaman Islands.

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In mainland India, Epimetheus lanceolatus is on the banned list of species for fishing. Author, inventor and avid scuba diver Arthur C. Clarke did for instance report seeing an approximately 20 feet (over 6 meter) long grouper in a sunken floating dock of the coast of Sri Lanka.

There are aquarium keepers that have kept bumblebee groupers successfully in freshwater for several years but this is not recommended, and they will eventually need to be moved to saltwater environment. If you want to keep a Bumblebee grouper, you must provide it with an aquarium that mimics its natural habitat in the ocean.

If possible, give your grouper a suitably sized cave or similar where it can live, just as it would in the wild. The Bumblebee grouper will not harm corals in the aquarium, but it will eat any fish small enough to defeat.

It doesn’t seem to migrate and it likes to seek out a suitable cave or wreck and spend most of its time there. In the wild, the Bumblebee grouper is a carnivore fish that feeds on a lot of different animals and swallow all its preys whole.

It is very fond of the spiny lobsters that inhabit coral reefs and rocky environments in the ocean, but will also eat young sea turtles and many types of fish, including small sharks and members of the super order Avoided. Bumblebee groupers living in South African estuaries feed chiefly on mud crabs.

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The Bumblebee grouper is believed to reach sexual maturity when it is around 105-130 cm (-3.4-4.3 feet) long. There is however anecdotal reports of such occurrences and interviews with fishermen indicate that Bumblebee groupers might congregate to spawn in the waters of eastern Indonesia.

Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Performed Family: Serranidae Subfamily: Epinephrine Genus: Epimetheus Species: Binomial name Epimetheus lanceolatus Synonyms Holocentrus lanceolatus Bloch, 1790 Promiscuous lanceolatus (Bloch, 1790) Serra nus lanceolatus (Bloch, 1790) Serra nus geographic us Valentines, 1828 Serra nus abdominal is Peters, 1855 Barracks gigs Gunther, 1869 Rigorous Goliath DE Vi's, 1882 Serra nus phaeostigmaeus Fowler, 1907 Stereolepoides Thompson Fowler, 1923 The giant grouper has a robust body which has a standard length equivalent to 2.4 to 3.4 times its depth.

The dorsal profile of the head and the intraorbital area are convex, The properly has a rounded corner and a finely serrated margin. The gill cover has a convex upper margin.

There are 11 spines and 14-16 soft rays in the dorsal fin while the anal fin has 3 spines and 8 soft rays. The adults are greyish-brown in color overlain with a mottled pattern and with darker fins.

The giant grouper can grow to huge size with the maximum recorded standard length being 270 centimeters (110 in), although they are more common around 180 centimeters (71 in). And a maximum published weight of 400 kilograms (880 lb).

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The giant grouper is a species of shallow water and can be found at depths of 1 to 100 meters (3.3 to 328.1 ft). Large specimens, over {[cover|1|m|ft}} long have been caught from shore and in harbors.

They are found in caves and in wrecks while the secretive juveniles occur in reefs and are infrequently observed. The adults are mainly solitary and hold territories on the outer reef and in lagoons.

They have also been caught in turbid water over silt or mud sea beds by prawn fishermen. The giant grouper is an opportunistic ambush predator which feeds on a variety of fishes, as well as small sharks, juvenile sea turtles, crustaceans and mollusks which are all swallowed whole.

Fish which inhabit coral reefs and rocky areas favor spiny lobsters as prey and 177 centimeters (70 in) specimen taken of Maui in Hawaii had a stomach contents of two spiny lobsters and a number of crabs. Fish living in estuaries environments in South Africa were found to be feeding almost exclusively on the crab Scylla errata.

They are, however, curious and frequently approach divers closely. They are not generally considered dangerous to humans but divers are advised to treat large specimens with caution and not to hand feed them.

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They are aggregate broadcast spawners, usually with several females per male. Studies in captive populations suggest that the dominant male and female begin the spawning event as nearly the only spawners for the first day or two, but other members of the aggregation fertilize more eggs as the event progresses, with even the most recently turned males fathering offspring.

Giant groupers are diabetic protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that although some males develop from reproductively functional females other males start to produce sperm without ever having gone through a phase as a reproductive female. The giant grouper is a highly valued food fish and is taken by both commercial and recreational fisheries.

As well as the consumption of its flesh its skin, gall bladder and stomach are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is valued in Hong King as a live fish for the live reef food fish trade, especially smaller specimens.

This species is cultured in agriculture and this practice is widespread but there is a restricted supply of juveniles, although hatcheries in Taiwan have produced captive bred juveniles, exporting some for to be grown on in other parts of South-East Asia. Many of the fish produced in aquaculture are hybrids between this species and E. fuscoguttatus.

Groupers of the world (family Serranidae, subfamily Epinephrine). “A study into parental assignment of the communal spawning protogynous hermaphrodite, giant grouper (Epimetheus lanceolatus)”.

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^ Peter Palma; Akihito Nakamura; Garden XYZ Libunaoa; et al. (2019). “Reproductive development of the threatened giant grouper Epimetheus lanceolatus “.

I just went inside and saw the bumblebee grouper. It was 7-8 inches, and they were asking $150, but It was saltwater, the lady said they never live in freshwater and should stay in salt and I told that she was crazy.

I've been in the marine hobby for a number of years and never heard of someone changing a grouper to fresh or even brackish water. The only fish I know of that can go from salt to fresh and back again is a molly.

Marine fish should stay marine unless you want to drastic shorten their lifespan or most likely kill them. I know bumblebee groupers change to salt, but isn't that when they are older and when young they stay in fresh.

From what I heard these types of grouper can be from saltwater to freshwater. Vise versa. Should be able to. Long term effect... I really don't know since I don't have one, and they cost a fortune to get one.

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Unfortunately you are wrong, the groupers are part of the family Serranidae, almost all are salt water but a few are brackish, some spend part of their time in freshwater, and one is a freshwater to brackish water fish and (as far as I know) has never been found in full seawater. It is the white-dotted grouper (Epinephalus poly stigma), it is an attractive fish that I have never seen sold, pity, because it would be perfect, getting to a max of just under 16" and breeding in brackish and freshwater as small as 8" long.

Here is a picture by Randall. The Bumblebee grouper is a huge and rather unattractive fish as an adult and has been recorded at around 10' long and 800 lbs. Keeping them in freshwater lowers there resistance to disease and I have found no records of them reaching anywhere near maturity in FW, they seem to require more and more salt as they age and by the time they are 4-5' long (in the wild) they are solitary hunters near reef systems.

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