Cephalopholis microprion

Freckled grouper CFM
Characteristic features:

Body dark brown, dark-edged blue spots confined to head and anterior body, sometimes with pale bars posteriorly on body.


Up to 26 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Shallow silty reefs, from the surface to 20 m depth.

Similar species:

Cephalopholis boenak
Chocolate grouper

Cephalopholis boenak

Cephalopholis boenak differs in having no spots on head or body (vs. head and anterior body with dark edged blue spots); a dark opercular spot (vs. no dark opercular spot) and 7 or 8 darker bars on body (vs. sometimes with paler bars on posterior body).

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