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BLACKSADDLE CORAL GROUPER Plectropomus laevis

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

ID: Pole Variation - Whitish with 4 black saddles on body and black band above eye, fins yellow. Generally smaller than the dark form and is possibly restricted to juveniles and females. Solitary. Lagoons and seaward reefs in 4-90 m. Indo - Pacific: E. Afnca to Tuamoutus Is. in French Polynesia. - S.W. Japan to Great Barrier Reef.

SQUARETAIL CORAL GROUPER Plectropomus areolatus SIZE: to 80 cm (27. ft.) Groupers ■ Serranidae

ID: Whitish to pale gray with numerous small dark-edged blue spots on head, body and fins; frequently with 4-5 dark blotches forming saddles on back. Solitary. Coastal reefs, lagoons and outer reefs in 2-20 m.

Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea to Samoa and Phoenix Is. - S.W. Japan to Australia.

Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea to Samoa and Phoenix Is. - S.W. Japan to Australia.

Belonoperca Chabanaudi

ARROWHEAD SOAPFISH Belonoperca chabanaudi

SIZE: to 15 cm (6 in.) Soapfishes - Serranidae

ID: Long slender body and elongate pointed head; dark bluish gray with black speckling; yellow spot on tail base, blue-rimmed black blotches on dorsal and ventral fins. Solitary. Caves and crevices on steep outer reef slopes in 4 - 50 m. Indo-West Pacific: E. Africa to Samoa. - S.W. Japan to Australia.

Blocksaddle Coral Grouper - Dark Variation

ID: Dark gray to olive head, light gray to olive body with 3-4 dark bars or saddles; small dark-edged blue spots on head body and fins. This variation is possibly restricted to males, but no conclusive evidence. Feeds on a variety of larger reef fishes

ROVING CORAL GROUPER Plectropomuspessuliferus

SEE: to 120 cm (4 ft.) Groupers - Serranidae

ID: Brown to orange-red or olive with numerous small dark-edged round and vertically elongate blue spots; may display 5-6 dark bars on upper body. Solitary. Coastal, platform and outer reefs in 10-147 m.

Indian Ocean: Red Sea and E. Africa to Sumatra in Indonesia, but one individual recorded from Fiji in the Pacific.

Indian Ocean: Red Sea and E. Africa to Sumatra in Indonesia, but one individual recorded from Fiji in the Pacific.

Rare Marine Fish

DOUBLEBANDED SOAPFISH Diploprion bifasdatum

SIZE: to 25 cm (10 in.) Soapfishes - Serranidae

ID: Yellow head, body and fins; dark brown to black eye bar and broad bar from mid-dorsal fin to anal fin. Solitary or form small groups. Coastal reefs, often in turbid water in 1-18 m. Indo • Asian Pacific: India and Maldives to Papua New Guinea. - S.W. Japan to Australia.

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