Tiger grouper

Tiger grouper

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tiger grouper (Mycteroperca tigris) being cleaned by a neon goby (Gobiosoma evelynae). The goby feeds on skin parasites from the bodies of larger fish. Large fish often congregate in specific regions of the reef, known as cleaning stations, where cleaning fish such as this goby live. The large fish wait patiently in line, and never attack the cleaners. This is a symbiotic relationship, one in which both partners benefit. The tiger grouper can reach a length of over a metre. It is valued as a food fish in the Caribbean region. Photographed off Andros Island in the Bahamas, in the Caribbean Sea.

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