Tag: Freckled Grouper (Cephalopholis microprion)

The Freckled Grouper (Cephalopholis microprion) is a shy and elusive member of the Grouper family found in local waters.

Growing to a maximum length of around 25cm, it is an easily identified, albeit difficult to approach, species which is seldom found out in the open. Instead, it prefers locations offering plenty of shelter such as shallow coral reef or rubble areas.

The main distinguishing features of this species are the small blue, equally spaced spots found only on the redish/brown area from the snout to around the rear of the pectoral fins.

From this point, the colour changes significantly to a pale greenish/yellow which extends to the caudal peduncle, with the exception of the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins which retain a darker shade with a thin blue margin.

Although the Freckled Grouper is likely to inhabit most local dive and snorkelling sites, it is perhaps most frequently encountered around the shallower Koh Tao sites which offer plenty of shelter.

The Freckled Grouper (Cephalopholis microprion) is a shy and elusive member of the Grouper family found in local waters.

Growing to a maximum length of around 25cm, it is an easily identified, albeit difficult to approach, species which is seldom found out in the open. Instead, it prefers locations offering plenty of shelter such as shallow coral reef or rubble areas.

The main distinguishing features of this species are the small blue, equally spaced spots found only on the redish/brown area from the snout to around the rear of the pectoral fins.

From this point, the colour changes significantly to a pale greenish/yellow which extends to the caudal peduncle, with the exception of the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins which retain a darker shade with a thin blue margin.

Although the Freckled Grouper is likely to inhabit most local dive and snorkelling sites, it is perhaps most frequently encountered around the shallower Koh Tao sites which offer plenty of shelter.

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Freckled Grouper (Cephalopholis Microprion)

This Freckled Grouper (Cephalopholis Microprion) clearly shows the distinguishing features of the species ie. the redish/brown anterior area of the body with equally spaced blue spots, fading to a lighter greenish/yellow colour posteriorly.