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Species guide

Panther grouper

Scientific name: Chromileptis altivelis

DESCRIPTION:
The panther grouper’s body is white or light, pinkish grey and both the body and the fins are covered in large, round, black spots that are proportionally larger in the youngsters.
Its maximum size is 50 cm.

BIOLOGY:
The panther grouper is a solitary fish intolerant of those of its same species or fish of a similar size. It spends a large part of its time in the open sea, swimming gracefully, and is very tame.
It is a carnivorous fish that eats small fish. It swims with its mouth downwards while it looks for food.
They are simultaneous hermaphrodites, that is, they have both ovaries and active testicles.

HABITAT:

They live on coral reefs.

DISTRIBUTION:
It is found in the Indian Ocean, on the coast of the Eastern Indies, the Philippines and Queensland (Australia).

STATUS:
Species not evaluated (according to the red list of endangered species).

CURIOSITIES:
With maturity the stains multiply, but become smaller.

OBSERVATION:
Where is this fish looking? With so many stains looking like eyes, it is difficult to know.