Areolate Grouper (Epinephelus areolatus)

Also known as Sea Bass, Rockcods, Cods, Hinds, Areolate Rockcod, Areolated Grouper, Areolated Rockcod, Green-spotted Rockcod, Yellow-spotted Rockcod, Orange-spotted Rockcod, Spotted Grouper, Reef Cod, Flattail Cod, Squaretail Rockcod.

Description

Also known as Sea Bass, Rockcods, Cods, Hinds, Areolate Rockcod, Areolated Grouper, Areolated Rockcod, Green-spotted Rockcod, Yellow-spotted Rockcod, Orange-spotted Rockcod, Spotted Grouper, Reef Cod, Flattail Cod and Squaretail Rockcod.

Found singly over fine sand and in seagrass beds close to rock and dead coral areas of coastal reefs and lagoons.
They feed on fish and 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.

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