Honeycomb Grouper (Epinephelus merra)

Also known as Birdwire Rockcod, Black-spotted Rockcod, Cod, Common Birdwire Rockcod, Coral Cod, Dwarf Spotted Grouper, Dwarf Spotted Rockcod, Dwarf Spotted Sea Bass, Hind, Honeycomb Cod, Honeycomb Rockcod, Honeycomb Sea Bass, Netting Reefcod, Reefcod, Reef Grouper, Rockcod, Trout, Wire-netted Cod, Wire-netted Grouper, Wire-netted Reefcod, Wire-netting Cod, Wire-netting Grouper, Wire-netting Rockcod

Description

Also known as Birdwire Rockcod, Black-spotted Rockcod, Cod, Common Birdwire Rockcod, Coral Cod, Dwarf Spotted Grouper, Dwarf Spotted Rockcod, Dwarf Spotted Sea Bass, Hind, Honeycomb Cod, Honeycomb Rockcod, Honeycomb Sea Bass, Netting Reefcod, Reefcod, Reef Grouper, Rockcod, Trout, Wire-netted Cod, Wire-netted Grouper, Wire-netted Reefcod, Wire-netting Cod, Wire-netting Grouper, Wire-netting Rockcod.

Found singly over semi-protected shallow lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and fish.
Juveniles found hiding in the arms of Acropora corals.
Length - 28cm
Depth - 0-50m
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.in/summary/4923

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