Miniatus Grouper (Cephalopholis miniata)

 

The Miniatus Grouper may also be known as the Miniata Grouper, Coral or Blue-Spot Rockcod, Coral Hind, and Coral Grouper.   These creatures are common fish along the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific waters.   Their range is from the Red Sea to the mid-Pacific. You will find them living in coral reefs looking for smaller fish upon which they will prey on.

These are vibrant and colorful fish.   They do have chameleon like tendencies and coloration can vary depending on its surrounding.   Usually, you find these fish in a bight reddish orange with iridescent blue spots all over its body.   They will also have lighter bands running horizontally from behind its gill plate to its tail.   Younger Miniatus groupers may have less blue spots or none at all.   The blue spots on these creatures are a very notable feature.   These fish can get up to 18 inches in length, but rarely do in captivity.

The Miniatus grouper is considered an aggressive predator fish.   Usually, they are hiding and waiting to ambush their prey.   When it sets its sights on a meal, they will use sudden and unexpected bursts of speed to hunt down its prey.   They will eat any fish they can swallow.   Crustaceans is a popular prey item for these creatures.   Although, they are also known for attacking schools of reef-dwelling fish.   They have large mouths and many small, sharp and powerful pharyngeal teeth that line their throats.   These teeth prevent prey from escaping and aide in crushing bones while consuming their meal.

There are reports that captive Miniatus groupers have “jumped” out of aquariums, probably due to the bursts of speed they can achieve.

 

Information courtesy of freshmarine.com, aquariumdomain.com

Photo courtesy of liverockandreef.com