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  Honeycomb Grouper (Epinephelus merra)





Honeycomb Grouper | Epinephelus merra photo
Honeycomb grouper (Epinephelus merra)

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HONEYCOMB GROUPER FACTS

Description
The Honeycomb Grouper is a strikingly marked fish, with round to hexagonal brown spots on the head, body and fins. Some of the spots on the sides may join to form a series of irregular bands. The background color is pale.

Size
length to 28cm

Habitat
Shallow lagoons, protected seaward reefs. Juveniles are amongst staghorn corals. Depth range 0m - 50m.

Food
crustaceans, fish

Range
The Honeycomb Grouper is found in tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is found from the western coast of Western Australia, around the north of the country and down the east coast to central coast of New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Serranidae
Genus:Epinephelus
Species:merra
Common Name:Honeycomb Grouper

Relatives in same Genus
  Blacktip Rockcod (E. fasciatus)
  Flowery Cod (E. fuscoguttatus)
  Queensland Groper (E. lanceolatus)
  Trout Cod (E. maculatus)
  Camouflage Grouper (E. polyphekadion)
  Potato Cod (E. tukula)