Also known as Blacksaddle Grouper, Black-saddled Coral Grouper, Black-saddled Coral Trout, Black-saddled Leopard Grouper, Bluespot Coral Trout, Bluespot Trout, Blue-spotted Coral Trout, Chinese Footballer, Chinese Footballer Cod, Coral Trout, Footballer Cod, Footballer Coral Trout, Footballer Trout, Giant Coral Grouper, Giant Coral Trout, Hind, Leopard Black-saddled Coral Grouper, Leopard Coral Grouper, Oceanic Coral Trout, Oceanic Trout, Rockcod, Saddleback Coral Grouper, Saddleback Coral Trout, Saddleback Grouper, Spotted Coral Grouper, Tiger Trout, Trout.
Found singly or in large schools over channels and outer shelf reefs of lagoons and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on crustaceans and fish.
Juveniles found over rubble areas in shallow reefs, colourful like a bright football, mimicking the poisonous Saddled Pufferfish.
Length - 100cm
Depth - 4-100m
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/7372