Slender grouper
  • Anyperodon leucogrammicus
  • English Name : Slender grouper
  • Local Name : Boalhajehi faana
  • Size : Common to 35 cm; max. 52 cm
  • Family : Order : Specimen :
  • SERRANIDAE Perciformes MRS/0078/86
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 14-16 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8-9 rays. Pectoral fin with 15-17 rays. Body depth 3.1-3.7 in standard - - length. Body slender and compressed. No teeth on palatine bones (on each side of roof of mouth). Pointed snout. Caudal fin rounded.
  • Colour: Brown or olive body with numerous small orange-red spots extending onto dorsal fin plus four white streaks along the body. Juveniles with orange-- yellow and blue stripes, and a blue edged black spot (or double spot) at the base of caudal fin and in dorsl fin.
  • Habitat and Biology: Occurs in areas of rich coral cover and clear water depths of 5-80 m. Solitary, often hides under corals and crevices. Feeds on small fishes and crustaceans.
  • Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
  • Remarks: Juveniles of Anyperodon leucogrammicus mimic wrasses of the genus Halichoere. Adults able to change its pigmentation pattern very quickly. A well-regarded food fish.