Plectropomus oligacanthus


Highfin coral trout EMW
Characteristic features:
Colour:

Head, body and fins adults reddish-brown to red with horizontal to oblique blue lines on rear of head and vertical blue lines and streaks anteriorly on body.

Size:

Up to 75 cm TL.

Distribution:

West Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Coral reefs, from 4 to 150 m depth

Indonesian fisheries:

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

Similar species:

Plectropomus areolatus
Squaretail coral trout

Plectropomus areolatus feature

Plectropomus areolatus differs in having small uniformly sized blue spots over head and body (vs. horizontal to oblique blue lines on head, vertical blue lines or dashes along sides of body (at least in adults) and spots elsewhere) and dorsal and anal fins with spots (vs. with blue lines and spots).

Plectropomus laevis
Blacksaddle coral trout

Plectropomus laevis feature

Plectropomus leopardus
Leopard coral trout

Plectropomus leopardus feature

Plectropomus leopardus differs in having a blue ring around eye (vs. no blue ring); small, round blue spots over head and body (vs. horizontal to oblique blue lines on head, vertical blue lines or dashes along sides of body (at least in adults) and spots elsewhere) and no spots ventrally (vs. spots ventrally).

Plectropomus maculatus
Spotted coral trout

Plectropomus maculatus feature

Plectropomus maculatus differs in having few spots, many oval or elongate, on the head with 3–7 on cheek (below and behind the eye to rear edge of preopercle) (vs. horizontal to oblique blue lines on head); spots on body round and oval, becoming more uniformly round posteriorly (vs. vertical blue lines or dashes along sides of body (at least in adults) and spots elsewhere) and dorsal and anal fins with blue spots only (vs. with blue lines and spots).

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