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).

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