Leopard Grouper (Cephalopholis leopardus)

Also known as Cod, Hind, Leopard Cod, Leopard Coral Cod, Leopard Hind, Leopard Rockcod, Redspot Coral Cod, Red-spotted Coral Cod, Red-spotted Rockcod, Rockcod, Trout.

Description

Also known as Cod, Hind, Leopard Cod, Leopard Coral Cod, Leopard Hind, Leopard Rockcod, Redspot Coral Cod, Red-spotted Coral Cod, Red-spotted Rockcod, Rockcod, Trout.

Found singly, secretive and hiding in caves and crevices over channels, lagoon pinnacles and outer reef slopes rich in coral growth.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 0-40m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

One of the smallest groups.

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/Cephalopholis-leopardus.html

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