Speckled Grouper

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Epinephelus cyanopodus - (Richardson, 1846)
Speckled Grouper

Like many others, much more appealing as a juvenile than as a large, drab adult. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Here is a greedy eater that will reach large proportions in no time. The juveniles are showy, but they grow large (48 in. [122 cm]), they grow fast, and they grow ugly.

Many other groupers fit this same description: always do some research before buying an unknown grouper.

Family: Serranidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Reef. Often found refuging under coral heads in bays and lagoons.

Maximum length: 122 cm (48 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 1140 L (301 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom to midwater

[edit] Overview

Brilliant and beautiful as a juvenile, this species grows into a big, not-so-attractive greyish hulk that truly qualifies as a tankbuster. Best avoided by most aquarists.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. In the wild, it feeds on crustaceans and fishes, including snake eels.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

A voracious predator that will eat many community-type marine aquarium fishes.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Pelagic spawners with pelagic eggs and larvae.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Speckled GrouperRDF feed
Common name Speckled Grouper  +
Family Serranidae  +
Genus Epinephelus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 48 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 301 gal  +
Native range Great Barrier Reef  +, Fiji  +, Micronesia  +, Tonga  +, and Japan  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name cyanopodus  +
Swimming level Bottom to midwater  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +