Cephalopholis spiloparaea

Strawberry grouper CWR
Characteristic features:

Pale reddish mottled with darker red and white, and 2 white subterminal lines on caudal fin.


Up to 22 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, 15 to 110 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with hook-and-line, gill nets, and in traps.

Similar species:

Cephalopholis urodeta
Darkfin grouper

Cephalopholis urodeta

Cephalopholis urodeta differs in having 2 white lines extending from dorsal and ventral of hypural plate to rear caudal-fin margin (vs. 2 white lines following the rear corners of the caudal fin).

Cephalopholis leopardus
Leopard grouper

Cephalopholis leopardus

Cephalopholis leopardus differs in having body pale reddish with large orange spots (vs. mottled light and dark red with white); black saddle on caudal peduncle (vs. no saddle); dorsal and ventral caudal-fin tips white (vs. caudal fin with 2 white lines) and a dark line on upper caudal fin (vs. no dark line).

Cephalopholis aurantia
Golden grouper

Cephalopholis aurantia

Cephalopholis aurantia differs in having no white or dark markings on caudal fin (vs. 2 white lines on upper and lower of caudal-fin lobes) and pelvic fins reaching anus (vs. not reaching anus).

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