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Cephalopholis hemistiktos (Ruppell 1830), the Yellowfin or Half-Spotted Hind. Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to Pakistan. To fourteen inches overall. Brown to Red in color. A handsome, reclusive species. Pictured, a juvenile (6 inch)  in the Red Sea.

Cephalopholis miniata (Forsskal 1775), the Miniata Grouper, Coral Hind. Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to the Line Islands. To eighteen inches in length. Undoubtedly the most prized, frequently used member of the genus for aquariums. A beauty that is intelligent, and capable of gulping up small fishes and motile invertebrates. Red Sea.

Epinephelus fasciatus (Forsskal 1775), the Blacktip Grouper. You might think "fasciated" might be a better common name for this Bass, until seeing how changeable its coloring is in the wild. Indo-Pacific. to sixteen inches maximum length. Indo-Pacific;  One in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas.

Epinephelus spilotoceps Schultz 1953, the Foursaddle Grouper. Indo-Pacific, but not the Red Sea, and punctuated distribution in the west Pacific. To fourteen inches in length. Periodically imported into the ornamental aquatics trade. This one in a typical repose in N. Sulawesi.
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