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Atlantic wreckfish or stone bass

Polyprion americanus (Wreckfish) in  Sala Maremagnum  of Aquarium Finisterrae, in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.

Polyprion americanus. The Atlantic fish of many names: in French it’s usually a cernier, but can be a cabot de bosques, mérou de bosques, or mérou fanfré because it looks rather like a merou (grouper).

It hangs around reefs and shipwrecks, can live up to 90 years and grow up to nearly 7ft long. It is increasingly marketed in English-speaking countries as the nicer sounding stone bass or bass grouper...confusing it with the meagre, or maigre, which is also sold as stone bass.

Fish and seafood

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Fernando Losada Rodríguez