There are a huge variety of Groupers found on the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef, inner lagoons and outer reef slopes. Groupers are sometimes caught on poppers but more often on stickbaits and jigs. Sizes range from small lyretail or Peacock Cods in shallow waters to giant Brown Marbled and Malabar Groupers on outer reef slopes.
We try to release as many Groupers as possible however a nice Coral Trout makes an excellent dinner back at the resort !
In addition, the species classified in the small genera Anyperidon, Cromileptes, Dermatolepis, Gracila, Saloptia and Triso are also called groupers.
Fish classified in the genus Plectropomus are referred to as coral groupers.
These genera are all classified in the subfamily Epiphelinae. However, some of the hamlets (genus Alphestes), the hinds (genus Cephalopholis), the lyretails (genus Variola) and some other small genera (Gonioplectrus, Niphon, Paranthias) are also in this subfamily, and occasional species in other serranid genera have common names involving the word “grouper”.
Nonetheless, the word “groupers” on its own is usually taken as meaning the subfamily Epinephelinae.
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