Groupers

Groupers

 

Groupers are some of the larger fish on the reef. Recognised by their grumpy, downward turning mouths, groupers are seen either swimming around in the water, or perched on the reef camouflaged against the coral.

Honeycomb Grouper sp. © WiseOceans

Honeycomb Grouper sp. © WiseOceans

Honeycomb Grouper (Epinephelus merra)

The Honeycomb groupers have a white base colour and are covered in polygons all different shades of brown and beige. The patterns vary, and there are no distinct patterns. They are often seen on the coral or the sand, waiting for their food to swim by! (up to 32cm)

Leopard Coral Grouper © WiseOceans

Leopard Coral Grouper © WiseOceans

Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus leopardus)

Leopard Coral Groupers are red to dark brown fish with small blue spots over the body. There is a blue bar on the tail, and a blue ring around the eye. They can be identified by their drooping mouths.  They grow up to 70cm

Foursaddle Grouper © WiseOceans

Foursaddle Grouper © WiseOceans

Foursaddle Grouper (Epinephelus hexagonatus)

Foursaddle groupers are lighter in colour, and covered in polygonal brown spots. Along the spine there are four darker brown saddles with defined edges. They are found by themselves, often sitting on the coral close to the sand, reaching up to 30cm in length.

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