Cephalopholis leopardus

Leopard grouper UKR
Characteristic features:

Body pale reddish with large orange spots, black saddle on caudal peduncle, dark submarginal streak near upper caudal-fin tip.


Up to 20 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 3 to 40 m depth.

Similar species:


Cephalopholis urodeta
Darkfin grouper

Cephalopholis urodeta

Cephalopholis urodeta differs in having caudal fin with 2 white lines (vs. upper and lower caudal-fin tips white).

Cephalopholis spiloparaea
Strawberry grouper

Cephalopholis spiloparaea

Cephalopholis spiloparaea differs in having body mottled light and dark red with white (vs. pale reddish with large orange spots); no saddle on caudal peduncle (vs. black saddle); 2 white lines following the rear corners of the caudal fin s (vs. upper and lower caudal-fin tips white) and no dark lines on upper caudal-fin tip (vs. a dark line).

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