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 (sə-răn′ĭd, sĕr′ə-nĭd)
adj. & n.
Any of various fishes of the family Serranidae, including groupers and sea bass.

[From New Latin Serranidae, family name, from Latin serra, saw, sawfish.]


(səˈrænɪd; ˈsɛrə-) or


(Animals) any of numerous mostly marine percoid fishes of the family Serranidae: includes the sea basses, sea perches, groupers, and jewfish
(Zoology) of or belonging to the family Serranidae
[C19: from New Latin Serranidae, from serrānus genus name from Latin serra sawfish]


(səˈreɪ nɪd, -ˈrɑ-, -ˈræn ɪd)

1. any of numerous percoid fishes of the family Serranidae, living chiefly in warm seas, including the sea basses and groupers.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Serranidae.
[1895–1900; < New Latin Serranidae=Serran(us) a genus (Latin serr(a) sawfish + -ānus -an1) + -idae -id2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.serranid - marine food sport fishes mainly of warm coastal waters
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
family Serranidae, Serranidae - marine fishes: sea basses; sea perches; groupers; jewfish
Morone americana, white perch, silver perch - small silvery food and game fish of eastern United States streams
Morone interrupta, yellow bass - North American freshwater bass resembling the larger marine striped bass
sea bass - any of various food and sport fishes of the Atlantic coast of the United States having an elongated body and long spiny dorsal fin
soapfish - fishes with slimy mucus-covered skin; found in the warm Atlantic coastal waters of America
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Both are often closely followed by other efficient fish predators, especially carangids, the larger labrids, and serranids, to take advantage of the goatfish's skill in exposing prey.
Both are warm temperate serranids with spotted sand bass ranging from Monterey, California south to Mazatlan, Mexico including the Gulf of California and barred sand bass occurring from Santa Cruz, California south to Todos Santos (23[degrees]23'N, 110[degrees]12'W), including Guadalupe Island (Miller and Lea 1972).
sexes separate in the adult without a postmaturational sex change) because the species has a subtropical distribution and nontropical species within primarily tropical, sex-changing lineages of serranids are often gonochores (DeMartini and Sikkel, 2006).
Anthinine serranids are common to abundant on shallow Pacific reefs, but can be found schooling in deep water in the Atlantic, depths from 250 feet down to 1,500 feet.
Along with large coastal sharks many other fish such as serranids, carangids, and other elasmobranchs are also caught and are either retained or discarded at sea.
The Serranids, Mycteroperca venenosa and Mycteroperca interstitialis are exceptions.
Hybridization between two serranids, the coney (Cephakpholisfii.
These findings suggest barred sand bass, like other serranids, form transient spawning aggregations (Domeier and Colin 1997).
Epinepheline serranids (groupers, hinds, lyretails) that form fish spawning aggregations (FSAs) are among the most vulnerable coral reef fishes to overexploitation (Coleman et al.
A century and 11 cirrhitid publications later, Schultz in Schultz & collaborators (1960) listed 13 genera, including Isobuna and Serranocirrhitus, now known to be serranids.
The teleost assemblage at this site includes pleuronectids and bothids (right- and left-eyed flatfishes), serranids (basses), atherinids (silversides), mugilids (mullets), gobiids (gobies), clupeids (herrings), and other nearshore forms (Clarke and Fitch 1979), but the vast majority of the otoliths are of sciaenids.
epinepheline serranids [large groupers], Lutjanidae, Lethrinidae, and Carangidae) and many Acanthuridae (surgeonfish) are long-lived, often with low rates of natural mortality and recruitment.