Tag: Coral Grouper (Epinephelus corallicola)

The Coral Grouper (Epinephelus corallicola) is a common Grouper in local waters which is equally at home at both the deeper offshore sites and shallower inshore reef areas.

Growing to a maximum length of around 50cm, the Coral Grouper is reasonably easy to identify with its overall pale-dark greenish/brown colouration and numerous small dark spots on the body and fins. The dorsal, pelvic and caudal fins may often exhibit and pale narrow white margin

There are often 1 - 3 larger dark patches at the base of the pectoral fin, the foremost of which being the most prominent.

As with most other Grouper species (and many other fish species), the Coral Grouper has the ability to rapidly alter its skin pigmentation, allowing it to adopt a more patterned, blotchy appearance.

The head of this species is also generally more slender and flattened than the majority of locally occurring Grouper species.

Although this is a fairly timid species which often spends its time resting below overhanging rocks or in wall crevices, it is possible to observe and photograph if approached slowly and without too much movement and noise.

The Coral Grouper (Epinephelus corallicola) is a common Grouper in local waters which is equally at home at both the deeper offshore sites and shallower inshore reef areas.

Growing to a maximum length of around 50cm, the Coral Grouper is reasonably easy to identify with its overall pale-dark greenish/brown colouration and numerous small dark spots on the body and fins. The dorsal, pelvic and caudal fins may often exhibit and pale narrow white margin

There are often 1 - 3 larger dark patches at the base of the pectoral fin, the foremost of which being the most prominent.

As with most other Grouper species (and many other fish species), the Coral Grouper has the ability to rapidly alter its skin pigmentation, allowing it to adopt a more patterned, blotchy appearance.

The head of this species is also generally more slender and flattened than the majority of locally occurring Grouper species.

Although this is a fairly timid species which often spends its time resting below overhanging rocks or in wall crevices, it is possible to observe and photograph if approached slowly and without too much movement and noise.

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Coral Grouper (Epinephelus Corallicola)

This photo of a Coral Grouper (Epinephelus Corallicola) at Sail Rock gives a good indication of how dramatically the Coral Grouper (and many other fish species) can change its overall colouration or markings.

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Coral Grouper (Epinephelus Corallicola)

In this photo of a Coral Grouper (Epinephelus Corallicola) at Angthong National Marine Park one of the main distinguishing features of the species, the three dark patches at the base of the dorsal fin,

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Coral Grouper (Epinephelus Corallicola)

This photo of a Coral Grouper (Epinephelus Corallicola) at Sail Rock clearly shows the main distinguishing features of the species.