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  Eastern Blue Groper (Achoerodus viridis)





Eastern Blue Groper | Achoerodus viridis photo
male Eastern Blue Groper, Shelly Beach, Manly, NSW

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Eastern Blue Groper | Achoerodus viridis photo
A female Eastern Blue Groper, Fairy Bower, Manly, NSW

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EASTERN BLUE GROPER FACTS

Description
The Eastern Blue Groper is a large wrasse with prominent fleshy lips. Adult males are bright blue. Adult females are reddish brown with fine blue and orange markings around the eye. Juveniles are grey brown, orange brown or green. All juveniles are female, with some fish turning to males as they mature.

Size
to 1.2 m

Habitat
range of habitats from shallow waters to 40m deep. Juveniles usually found in estuarine seagrass beds.

Food
crabs, prawns, shellfish, sea urchins.

Range
The Eastern Blue Groper is endemic to Australia in coastal waters from southern Queensland to Wilson's Promontory in Victoria.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Labridae
Genus:Achoerodus
Species:viridis
Common Name:Eastern Blue Groper