Red-tippedgrouper
  • Epinephelus retouti
  • EnglishName: Red-tippedgrouper
  • Local Name : Dhon faana
  • Size : Common to 35 cm; max. 50 cm
  • Family: Order : Specimen
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 16-17 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 19-20 rays. Body depth 2.5-3.1 in standard length. Dorsal head profile slightly convex. No scales on maxilla. Nostrils sub-equal. Caudal fin truncate to convex. Colour: Reddish. Each scale with a dark basal spot. Usually five faint dark bars on body. Margin of dorsal fin and upper edge of caudal fin with a dusky border. Juveniles with dorsal part of head dark brown with 4 irregular transverse whitish bands across dorsal surface.
  • Habitat and Biology: Adults found on coral reefs and outer reef slopes in depths of 70-220 m. Juveniles occur in depths of 20-40 m.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Epinephelus retouti is very similar in appearance to E. fasciatus. It can be distinguished from E. fasciatus by having a longer snout; brown instead of black dorsal tips; a dark dorsal margin to the caudal; a nearly truncate; and depth distribution.