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Greasy Grouper
739px-Epinephilus tauvina Safaga
Information
Common Name Arabian Gouper
Range Red Sea to South Africa, as far north as Japan, and in the waters around Australia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species E. tauvina
Conservation Status
DDSpecies
Data Deficient

The Greasy grouper, (Epinephelus tauvina), also known as the Arabian gouper, is an Indo-Pacific fish species of economical importance. Its common Arabic name is Hamoor (هامور).

Description[]

The fish grows up to 75cm in length. Its head and body are pale greenish grey or brown with round spots, varying from orange-red to dark brown. A group of black spots may be visible on the body at the base of the rear of the dorsal fin. Five vertical darker shaded bars may also be present on the body.

It is similar to coral grouper and blacksaddle grouper which however have shorter bodies and spots less closely spaced.

Distribution[]

Widely distributed; from the Red Sea to South Africa, as far north as Japan, and in the waters around Australia.

Habitat[]

It is found in clear water areas associated with coral reefs from 1-300m deep, where it feeds on smaller fish.

Hazards[]

Eating this fish may be associated with ciguatera poisoning.

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