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Author: Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Epinephelus malabaricus Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Diagnosis: body elongate. D XI + 14-16; A III + 8; caudal fin rounded. Colour: grey or greenish light brown; five vertical darker bands often bifurcate ventrally, many dark spots on head and trunk, often small whitish spots in adults. Size: to over 90 cm SL.

Habitat: coral reefs, also in estuarine areas and turbid waters. Solitary. Food: fishes, crustaceans, cephalopods. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: reported (as E. tauvina) from Haifa (Israel) as immigrant into the Mediterranean. Elsewhere, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Western Pacific.

Malabar grouper (Epinephelus malabaricus)