goliath grouper

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Definition of goliath grouper 

: a very large grouper (Epinephalus itajara) of shallow waters especially of the western Atlantic Ocean from southern Florida to Brazil that may reach weights of up to 800 pounds (363 kilograms)

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The vast majority of speakers wanted the commission to maintain the goliath grouper’s protection. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "State keeps protection for Goliath grouper," 26 Apr. 2018 Among trophy fish caught in the Florida Keys, the goliath grouper has long held special distinction. National Geographic, "800-Pound Groupers Making a Comeback—But Not Everyone's Happy," 25 Nov. 2016 Not all hold such a reverential view of the goliath grouper, which can reach 800 pounds. National Geographic, "800-Pound Groupers Making a Comeback—But Not Everyone's Happy," 25 Nov. 2016

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2001, in the meaning defined above

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