Speckled-fin Grouper (Epinephelus ongus)

Also known as Cod, Hind, Honeycomb Rockcod, Lace-finned Rockcod, Rockcod, Specklefin Grouper, Specklefin Rockcod, Speckled-fin Rockcod, Speckle-finned Rockcod, Summan Grouper, Trout, Wavy-lined Grouper, Wavy-lined Rockcod, White-speckled Grouper, White-speckled Rockcod, White-streaked Grouper, White-streaked Rockcod, Wire-netting Cod, Wire-netting Rockcod

Description

Also known as Cod, Hind, Honeycomb Rockcod, Lace-finned Rockcod, Rockcod, Specklefin Grouper, Specklefin Rockcod, Speckled-fin Rockcod, Speckle-finned Rockcod, Summan Grouper, Trout, Wavy-lined Grouper, Wavy-lined Rockcod, White-speckled Grouper, White-speckled Rockcod, White-streaked Grouper, White-streaked Rockcod, Wire-netting Cod, Wire-netting Rockcod.

Found singly in caves and under ledges over lagoons and inner coastal reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 5-60m
Widespread Indo-West 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/6472

2 comments

  1. Posted by Michael Waite
    January 18, 2016 at 14:30 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    I have a very good photo of one of these, about 8 in long off the north coast of Viti Levu, Fiji in 2012. So I would say they are beyond the Atlantic and Caribbean.

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