Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 15-17 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 17-19 rays. Body depth 2.9-3.4 in standard length. Mid-lateral part of lower jaw with 3 to 5 rows of teeth. Caudal fin rounded.
Colour: Dark grey-brown with many medium sized pale spots. Pelvic fins uniformly dark. In adults (greater than 30 cm) the white spots merge to give a pale mottled pattern.
Habitat and Biology: Occurs in coral reefs near caves and overhangs at depths up to 60 m. Juveniles sometimes found in tide pools.
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
Remarks: Epinephelus caeruleopunctatus is a not uncommon inhabitant of Maldivian coral reefs. This distinctively patterned species is frequently seen by divers.