Longspinegrouper,Streakyspotgrouper
  • Epinephelus longispinis
  • EnglishName: Longspinegrouper,Streakyspotgrouper
  • Local Name : Kooru faana
  • Size : Max. 60 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 17-19 rays. Body depth 2.8-3.3 in standard length. Ventral edge of maxilla with a “step” in subadults. Preopercle rounded with a slight notch, below which serrae enlarged. Third or fourth dorsal spine longer than the longest dorsal soft ray. Caudal fin rounded. Colour: Pale brown. Covered with medium sized dark reddish spots. These are more abundant and elongated posteriorly. Pectoral and pelvic fins dusky, with a few small dark spots.
  • Habitat and Biology: Usually found on coral reefs or rocky areas and occasionally on sandy bottom at depths of up to 70 m. Feeds mainly on crustaceans and rarely on fish and squids.
  • Distribution: Indian Ocean and Indonesia.
  • Remarks: Epinephelus longispinis is rather easy to identify because of its very distinctive streaky spotting.