Malabar Grouper (Epinephelus Malabaricus)

Also known as Blackspot Cod, Black-spotted Rockcod, Brown Spotted Grouper, Cod, Estuary Cod, Estuary Rockcod, Giant Rockcod, Greasy Grouper, Hind, Malabar Cod, Malabar Reefcod, Malabar Rockcod, Morgan's Cod, Rockcod, Speckled Grouper, Trout

Description

Also known as Blackspot Cod, Black-spotted Rockcod, Brown Spotted Grouper, Cod, Estuary Cod, Estuary Rockcod, Giant Rockcod, Greasy Grouper, Hind, Malabar Cod, Malabar Reefcod, Malabar Rockcod, Morgan's Cod, Rockcod, Speckled Grouper, Trout.

Found singly over mud and sand bottoms of estuaries, mangrove swamps and in tide-pools of rocky reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, small fish and cephalopods.
Length - 234cm
Depth - 0-150m
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.se/summary/Epinephelus-malabaricus.html

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