Flagtail Grouper (Cephalopholis urodeta)

Also known as Banded-tail Coralcod, Blackfin Cod, Brown-finned Rockcod, Chevron Rockcod, Cod, Darkfin Hind, Darkfin Hind Grouper, Dark-finned Coralcod, Duskyfin Hind, Duskyfin Rockcod, Flagtail Cod, Flagtail Rockcod, Flag-tailed Grouper, Flag-tailed Rockcod, Hind, Red V-tail Grouper, Rockcod, Trout, V-tail Grouper

Description

Also known as Banded-tail Coralcod, Blackfin Cod, Brown-finned Rockcod, Chevron Rockcod, Cod, Darkfin Hind, Darkfin Hind Grouper, Dark-finned Coralcod, Duskyfin Hind, Duskyfin Rockcod, Flagtail Cod, Flagtail Rockcod, Flag-tailed Grouper, Flag-tailed Rockcod, Hind, Red V-tail Grouper, Rockcod, Trout, V-tail Grouper.

Found singly over back reefs and reef tops of clear shallow lagoons and outer reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 27cm
Depth - 1-60m
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: http://fishbase.org/summary/6456

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