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Plectropomus areolatus (Ruppell, 1830)

Squaretail Coralgrouper

Class: Actinopterygii Subclass: Neopterygii Order:  Perciformes  Family:  Serranidae     FishBase  WoRMS  OBIS
Habitat Occurrence type IUCN Red List Status
Marine Native Vulnerable (VU)
Distribution in India Distribution elsewhere
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to the Phoenix Islands and Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Australia.
Along the Indian coast. Red Sea to the Phoenix Islands, Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands and south to Australia.
Plectropoma areolatum  Rüppell, 1830
Plectropomus areolatum  (Rüppell, 1830)
Plectropomus truncatus  Fowler & Bean, 1930
Plectropomus trancatus  Fowler & Bean, 1930
Type specimen
Plectropomus areolatus (Ruppell, 1830) areolatum, Plectropoma Rüppell [W. P. E. S.] 1830:index p. 2, footnote [Atlas zu der Reise im nördlichen Africa. Fische des Rothen Meeres] Al Muwaylih, Tabuk Province, Saudi Arabia, Red Sea. Holotype (unique): SMF 3013. Non-types: SMF 4503 (1). Synonym: Plectropomus areolatus (Rüppell, 1830), Plectropoma areolatum Rüppell, 1830, Plectropomus areolatum (Rüppell, 1830), Plectropomus truncatus Fowler & Bean, 1930, Plectropomus trancatus Fowler & Bean, 1930.  More...
S.No. Diagnostic features Finformula Reference
2 Has truncate tail with a narrow white posterior margin,further characterized by whitish to pale grey color; head, body and fins with numerous small, dark-edged blue spots; frequently with 4-5 dark blotches forming saddles on back; large canine teeth at fr D: VII-VIII, 10-12; A: III, 8 Heemstra, P.C. and J.E. Randall, 1993. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 16. Groupers of the world (family Serranidae, subfamily Epinephelinae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the grouper, rockcod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date. Rome: FAO. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(16):382 p.