Rovingcoralgrouper
  • Plectropomus pessuliferus
  • EnglishName: Rovingcoralgrouper
  • Local Name : Dhon olhu faana
  • Size : Max. 63 cm; 1.2 m (in the Red Sea)
  • Family: Order : Specimen
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 7 or 8 spines and 10-12 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin 15-16 rays. Body depth 2.9-3.9 in standard length. Body elongate, robust. Rear nostril of adults larger than anterior nostril. First or second anal spines embedded. Caudal fin emarginate. Colour: Red-brown, with numerous small dark-edged blue spots. Some spots on sides vertically elongate, and some on head diagonally elongate (few spots on head). Pelvic fins with blue spots.
  • Habitat and Biology: Occurs on or near coral reefs at depths of 15 to 150 m.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Plectropomus pessuliferus has been characterised as an uncommon species. However, it appears fairly regularly at Male fish market. A separate sub-species is recognised from the Red Sea on the basis of colour pattern.