Groupers Soapfishes

YELLOW-EDGED LYRETAIl Variola louti

SEE: to 55 cm (22 in.) Groupers - Serrariidae

ID: Violet to orange-red to brown with violet to blue spots on head, body and fins: lyre-shaped tail with yellow margin. Solitary. Clear waters of lagoons and outer reefs in 3 -240 m. Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and E. Africa to French Polynesia. -S.W. Japan to Australia.

Yellow-edged Lyreloil - Juvenile

ID: Reddish brown back and upper head, white below with broad black stripe between; small blue spots on back and upper head, white stripe from middle of forehead to snout.

WHITE-EDGED LYRETAIL Variola albimarginata

SEE: to 55 cm (22 in.) Groupers - Serranidae

ID: Brownish orange with violet spots on head, body and fins; lyre-shaped tail with white margin. Solitary Coastal reefs, lagoons and outer reefs in 4-200 m. Indo-West Pacific: E. Africa to Samoa. - S.W. Japan to Australia.

SPOTTED CORAL GROUPER Plectropomus maculatus

SEE: to 125 cm (4 ft.) Groupers - Serranidae

ID: Red. pale gray or olive to dark brown with numerous small blue spots on body and fins; elongate blue spots on head, blue margin on tail, blue ring around eye. Solitary. Silty coastal reefs in 5 -50 m.

Asian Pacific: Malaysian Peninsula and Philippines to Papua New Guinea and Australia.

HIGHFIN CORAL GROUPER Plectropomus oligacanthus SEE: to 75 cm (2'/: ft.) Groupers ■ Serranidae

ID: Red to reddish brown to lavender-brown with blue lines on head; blue spots on body and fins with some that join to form vertical lines on mid-side. Solitary. Steep slopes in 5-147m.

Asian Pacific: Indonesia. Philippine and Marshall Is. in Micronesia to Australia.

LEOPARD CORAL GROUPER Plectropomus leopardus

ID: Red, pale gray or olive to dark brown with small blue spots on head, body and fins; blue margin on tail, ring around eye. may display bars. Solitary. Coastal and lagoon reefs in 3-100 m.

West Pacific: South China Sea and S.W. Japan to Australia and Fiji.

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