Goliath Grouper

No. 265329

by Safari Ltd
$9.99USD

Endemic to the tropical waters and coral reefs of the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Brazil, the goliath grouper is massive saltwater fish. They can grow as large as 8 feet long and weigh over 800 pounds, although on average they weigh around 400 pounds.

  • Scientific Name: Epinephelus itajara
  • Characteristics: Painted by hand, this awesome aquatic figurine is a wonderful gift for an aspiring marine biologist! Despite their intimidating size, goliath groupers are quite gentle, and rarely pose a threat to humans.
  • Size and Color: Goliath groupers are mostly tan with shades of brown and green, and also commonly have black spots. 5.75 inches long and 2.5 inches wide, this figurine is roughly the size of a soda can on its side.
  • The Goliath Grouper is part of the Incredible Creatures® collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free
  • History:

    Unfortunately, the Atlantic variant of the goliath grouper is classified as a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Like many threatened marine species, they suffer from a loss and degradation of their natural habitat. They are also sometimes affected by commercial fishing, where they end up as bycatch. The good news is that goliath groupers were recently successfully bred in captivity, providing hope for their future.

    • Recommended Age: 3+
    • Size in cm: 5.75 L x 2.5 H
    • Size in inches: 2.26 L x 0.98 H
    • Scale: 1:15
    • UPC: 095866265304
    Present Status A highly sought after game fish, Goliath grouper are very slow developing fish and they are decidedly susceptible to overfishing. There have been strict controls in the US since 1990 and the Caribbean since 1993, but the fish is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will take years to recover, even with no legal fishing. The populations in south Florida seem to be recovering, but the controls remain in place in the hopes that the population will spread. The other threat to the fish is mercury - found in nearly all marine animals - it is found in its highest concentration in top tier predators and long lived animals, both of which describe Goliaths. Many adults have been found with lesions in their livers from the pollution, and development of juvenile may be compromised by the neurotoxin.