#CreatureFeature – Plectropomus leopardus (Common Coral Trout)

The Coral Trout, also known as the Bluedotted Coral Trout, Leopard Cod and Coral Grouper, is a large olive green to redish-orange coloured fish, covered in bright blue spots, including a blue ring around the eye. 

Coral Trout is a near threatened species and can be found on coral reefs at depths of 3 to 100 meters. It swims in Western Pacific waters where it is distributed from southern Japan to Australia, and from the east coast of Thailand to Malaysia, to Fiji. It can grow up to 120cm long and weigh as heavy as 23.6 kg. 

Photo: Leonard Low, Great Barrier Reef

Coral Trout can live up to 16 years and start their lives off as female and then change to male later in life. These fish spawn between September to December and can vary each year depending on the water temperature.  

Coral Trout are piscivores (fish eating predators). Juveniles tend to eat prawns; however adults eat a variety of reef fish. 

Coral trout are not protected from commercial fishing as they are a popular eating fish and in high demand on the market. 

Paige Kirby – Biodiversity Trainee

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