Cephalopholis sonnerati

Tomato grouper EFT
Characteristic features:

Adults mainly bright orange–red to yellowish brown with very dense covering of fine yellowish or reddish spots, sometimes with pale blotches.


Up to 57 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 10 to 150 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with hook-and-line, spear and in traps.

Similar species:

Aethaloperca rogaa
Redmouth grouper

Aethaloperca rogaa

Aethaloperca rogaa differs in having a caudal fin truncate (vs. rounded) and body uniformly dark brown to black (vs. mainly bright orange-red to yellowish brown).

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