seen? This boldly patterned but well camouflaged fish was
seen at Tanah Merah. Elsewhere, they are seen in silty reefs, in shallow
and intertidal waters.
To about 35-40cm. There are many species of groupers with a mosaic-like
pattern. The Honeycomb grouper is distinguished by having less dense
spotting, larger polygonal spots, thin or no white margin on the tail.
It also has oblique dark bands just below the pectoral fin base. Often
seen resting on the ground with its enlarged fleshy pectoral fins
What does it eat? It eats crustaceans, fishes and worms.
uses: It is among the common fishes eaten in Singapore.
Here, these fishes are sometimes reared in floating cages from fingerlings
(young fishes) that are imported from neighbouring countries, until
they reach marketable size.
groupers on Singapore shores
to Dr Zeehan Jaafar for identifying this fish.
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H. 2002. Guide
to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers
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Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral
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