Tag: Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus leopardus)

The Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus leopardus) is a reasonably common member of the Grouper family in local waters, although due to its reclusive nature, it is not encountered as often as many other species.

Reaching a maximum length of around 120cm, the Leopard Coral is one of the largest species in local waters.

They can be found at most locations, although appear to be most common at the Angthong Marine park and other similar inshore reef areas.

Although there numerous Grouper species with a similar physical appearance (not to mention a huge variety of similar common names), the Leopard Coral Grouper is characterized by its overall grey (various shades) to brown/olive body colouration with numerous small, dark-edge blue spots on the body and fins.

Although these blue spots are a feature shared with numerous other species, it seems that the presence of a blue ring around each eye is the distinguishing feature of the Leopard Coral Grouper.

Since the individuals featured in this section all have a distinctive blue ring around the eyes, i will continue to classify this species as Plectropomus leopardus, however it is by no means certain as yet.

The Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus leopardus) is a reasonably common member of the Grouper family in local waters, although due to its reclusive nature, it is not encountered as often as many other species.

Reaching a maximum length of around 120cm, the Leopard Coral is one of the largest species in local waters.

They can be found at most locations, although appear to be most common at the Angthong Marine park and other similar inshore reef areas.

Although there numerous Grouper species with a similar physical appearance (not to mention a huge variety of similar common names), the Leopard Coral Grouper is characterized by its overall grey (various shades) to brown/olive body colouration with numerous small, dark-edge blue spots on the body and fins.

Although these blue spots are a feature shared with numerous other species, it seems that the presence of a blue ring around each eye is the distinguishing feature of the Leopard Coral Grouper.

Since the individuals featured in this section all have a distinctive blue ring around the eyes, i will continue to classify this species as Plectropomus leopardus, however it is by no means certain as yet.

Alan's picture
Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus Leopardus)

Although this photo was shot in poor visibility (hence the snow-like particles), taken at Angthong Marine park, i've included it as it gives a very good example of the brown/redish colour variation.

Alan's picture
Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus Leopardus)

This large Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus Leopardus), photographed at Sail Rock shows the colour-changing ability shared by many fish species.