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Epinephelus polylepis

Randall & Heemstra, 1991


Jo Horrocks Hi BSoUPers, Can anyone tell me what the common name for this grouper is......I'm working on some narration, so need to sound knowledgeable.....calling him Fred just won't do!!! ;o) Couldn't find him in my Red Sea Debelius. The photo was taken in Nuweiba. Many thanks, Jo.

Jonny Simpson-Lee looks very similar to a rust spotted grouper

Charles Hood looks like Epinephelus areolatus to me, the Areolate grouper

Jo Horrocks Thanks Jonny and Charles. I've got Debelius' World Marine fish book, but there are so many that look pretty similar to this?

Jonny Simpson-Lee Oooo is that the rudie h kuiter & debelius one??? I'm the proud owner of a copy too!!!!!!

Jonny Simpson-Lee If it is the same book, I'd say it looks mostly like the 3rd down on the right on page 256!

Jonny Simpson-Lee (Epinephelus polylepis) says Arabian Sea and South Africa though!

Jonny Simpson-Lee Also looks like a greasy grouper!!! Blimey, could be a number of groupers!!!!!

Wendy Eve I think it looks like an Areolate grouper (Epinephelus areolatus) if the rear margin of his tail has a white edge. That's from the Collins Coral Reef Guide Red Sea.

Jo Horrocks Yeah Jonny, the massive book!! Could be polylepis, but the tail doesn't look as big. Could be the merra on page 246, but that doesn't say Red Sea area?!!

Jo Horrocks Thanks Wendy...that's 2 votes for the Areolate! :-)

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Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Chordata (Phylum)
    Vertebrata (Subphylum)
      Gnathostomata (Superclass)
        Pisces (Superclass)
          Actinopterygii (Class)
            Perciformes (Order)
              Serranidae (Family)
                Epinephelus (Genus)
                  Epinephelus polylepis (Species)
Associated Species