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The areolate grouper is a large fish (up to 47 cm long, 1.4 kg) that lives near coral reefs. Its coloration is whitish to gray with rounded brownish spots it is particularly identifiable by a narrow, white, straight margin on its truncate tail. It has 11 dorsal spines, 15-17 dorsal soft rays, 3 anal spines and 8 anal soft rays. According to FishBase, the areolate grouper is known by several other common names in English, including the areolate rock cod, squaretail rock cod, yellow-spotted rock cod, green-spotted rock cod, and flat-tailed cod. Several Middle Eastern and Asian languages have common names for this fish, as well. It is often confused with the brownspotted grouper (Epinephelus chlorostigma) found in the Persian Gulf and several other many-spotted species.
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