Also known as Banded Rockcod, Bridlebass, Brindle Bass, Brindle Grouper, Bumblebee Grouper, Cod, Coral Cod, Dragon Grouper, Hind, Mottled-brown Sea Bass, Queensland Grouper, Reef Cod, Rockcod, Trout.
Found singly in shallow waters around caves and wrecks in estuaries and over coral reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, fish, spiny lobsters, small sharks and sea turtles.
Juveniles secretive, rarely seen until changing into adults. These two photo's teenagers.
Length - 230cm
Depth - 1-200m
In Queensland this fish is totally prohibited from fishing, if caught accidentally it should be carefully returned to the water!!
This is the largest Indo-pacific grouper, weighs at least 288kgs!
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.org/summary/6468