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The Basses of the Genus Plectropomus

Bob Fenner

 A juvenile Plectropomus laevis in captivity

Species/Notes of Interest to Aquarists:

To a number, all seven members of this genus are large, predatory animals. Still, a small number make their way, as very small juveniles, into the trade each year. Keep your eyes open.

Plectropomus areolatus (Ruppell 1830), the Squaretail Grouper. Indo-Pacific, including the Red Sea but not Australia. To twenty nine inches in length. Young one in Australia/Heron Island, adult in the Bunaken, Indonesia.

Plectropomus laevis (Lacepede 1801), the Blacksaddled Coral Grouper. Indo-Pacific, but not the Red Sea, out to the Tuamotus. To four feet in length. The most, and only commonly imported member of the genus collected for aquarium use. Cute when small... Juvenile and adult off Queensland, Australia.

Plectropomus leopardus (Lacepede 1802), the Leopard Coral Grouper. Western Pacific. To forty six inches in length. Juvenile (about six inches) in Australia and semi-adult one in Fiji, from where they're occasionally exported.
Plectropomus maculatus (Boch 1790), the Spotted Coral Grouper. Western Pacific. To three feet in length. This one off of Pulau Redang, Malaysia.

Plectropomus oligacanthus (Bleeker 1854), the Highfin Coral Grouper. Western Pacific. To 45 cm.. This one off of S. Sulawesi. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Indonesia&Genus=Plectropomus&Species=oligacanthus

Plectropomus pessuliferus (Fowler 1904), the Roving Coral Grouper. Indo Pacific; Red Sea, Zanzibar Sumatra, Fiji. Two subspecies. P. p. marisburi in the Red Sea, P. p. pessuliferus in the rest of the Indo-Pacific. Here is the subspecies of the Red Sea. 

Verticals (Full/Cover Page Sizes Available)
Plectropomus truncatus now synonymous with P. areolatus.


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