Areolate Grouper (Epinephelus areolatus)

Also known as Areolate Rockcod, Areolated Grouper, Areolated Rockcod, Brown-spotted Grouper, Cod, Flat-tail Cod, Green-spotted Rockcod, Hind, Orange-spotted Rockcod, Reefcod, Rockcod, Spotted Grouper, Squaretail Grouper, Squaretail Rockcod, Yellow-spotted Rockcod

Description

Also known as Areolate Rockcod, Areolated Grouper, Areolated Rockcod, Brown-spotted Grouper, Cod, Flat-tail Cod, Green-spotted Rockcod, Hind, Orange-spotted Rockcod, Reefcod, Rockcod, Spotted Grouper, Squaretail Grouper, Squaretail Rockcod, Yellow-spotted Rockcod.

Found singly or in schools over dead coral and rock, fine sand and seagrass beds close to rock and dead coral areas of shallow continental shelf waters.
They feed on fish and benthic invertebrates.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 6-200m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Groupers are solitary carnivores that hunt near the bottom usually at dusk. Food is drawn into their mouths by a powerful suction when they open their overly large mouths and then swallowed whole.
Spawning is seasonal and controlled by the moons phase. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5367

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