Hyporthodus nigritus

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Hyporthodus nigritus
Epinephelus nigritus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Serranidae
Genus: Hyporthodus
Species: H. nigritus
Binomial name
Hyporthodus nigritus
(Holbrook, 1855)
Synonyms

Epinephelus nigritus
Serranus nigritus

Hyporthodus nigritus, or the Warsaw grouper, is a species of marine fish in the Serranidae family, found in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts to the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, Trinidad, and south to Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). Its natural habitats are open seas, shallow seas, subtidal aquatic beds, and coral reefs. It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

The Warsaw grouper is a US National Marine Fisheries Service Species of Concern.[2] Species of Concern are those species about which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Fisheries Service have some concerns regarding status and threats, but for which insufficient information is available to indicate a need to list the species under the Endangered Species Act.

Description[edit]

Warsaw groupers are classified as deep-water groupers, since they inhabit reefs on the continental shelf break in waters 180 to 1700 ft (55 to 525 m) deep; juveniles are occasionally seen on jetties and shallow-water reefs. They are the only grouper with 10 dorsal spines. They are dark reddish-brown or brownish-grey to almost black in color dorsally, and dull reddish-grey ventrally. They can very well exceed 8 ft in length.

Conservation[edit]

The major threat to the Warsaw grouper is from fishing or by catch release mortality (due to pressure change). Fishing is primarily by hook and line and bottom longlines, though the species is caught incidentally in the deepwater snapper/grouper commercial fishery. Almost all of the catch is in the Gulf of Mexico. The IUCN rates it Critically Endangered and the American Fisheries Society lists it as Endangered.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ng Wai Chuen & Huntsman, G. 2006. Epinephelus nigritus. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006. Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded on 14 July 2016.
  2. ^ NMFS. Species of Concern Fact Sheet[1]. 2008