Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus

Whitespotted grouper EWC
Characteristic features:

Greyish brown with dense covering of pale spots and larger blotches, black stripe over mouth, pectoral and caudal fins mostly darker grey.


Up to 76 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, usually near caves, from 2 to 65 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

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

Similar species:

Epinephelus ongus
Whitestreaked grouper

Epinephelus ongus

Epinephelus ongus differs in having upper edge of operculum strongly convex (vs. straight to weakly convex); pectoral-fin rays 15–17 (vs. 17–19) and median fins blackish with white margins (vs. median fins blackish without white margin).

Epinephelus erythrurus
Cloudy grouper

Epinephelus erythrurus

Epinephelus erythurus differs in having dark grey colouration with irregular pale spots and blotches randomly joined in a maze-like pattern on head and body (vs. brown grey to dark grey with irregular shaped, distinct pale spots and blotches).

Epinephelus polystigma
White-dotted grouper

Epinephelus polystigma feature

Epinephelus polystigma differs in having body slender, its greatest depth 2.6–3.0 in standard length (vs. body deep, its greatest depth 3.0–3.4 in standard length and soft dorsal, anal, caudal and pectoral fins with narrow orange rimmed margin (vs. no distinct colouration on fin margins).

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