Whitespotted Grouper (Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus)

Also known as Cod, Hind, Ocellated Rockcod, Rockcod, Small-spotted Cod, Small-spotted Grouper, Small-spotted Rockcod, Trout, White-spotted Black Cod, White-spotted Black Grouper, White-spotted Black Rockcod, White-spotted Cod, White-spotted Reef Cod, White-spotted Rockcod, White-spotted Reefcod

Description

Also known as Cod, Hind, Ocellated Rockcod, Rockcod, Small-spotted Cod, Small-spotted Grouper, Small-spotted Rockcod, Trout, White-spotted Black Cod, White-spotted Black Grouper, White-spotted Black Rockcod, White-spotted Cod, White-spotted Reef Cod, White-spotted Rockcod, White-spotted Reefcod.

Found singly sheltering close to cave in channels and outer reef slopes of deep lagoons rich in coral growth.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Juveniles found in tide pools.
Length - 76cm
Depth - 2-65m
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/6440

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