Louti Grouper (Variola louti)
Family: Serranidae (Anthias, Groupers)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 787 ft. Size: 35 in. Jumps: No Space: 300+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Natural History: The Louti Grouper is found on clear-water lagoons, reef faces, and slopes. When present, it is often observed in caves. It is a voracious predator on fishes and to a lesser extent crustaceans. It has been observed to form hunting parties with octopus and large wrasses. It generally is observed cruising over the reef bottom searching for prey.
Husbandry: The Louti Grouper should be housed in an aquarium that provides a large swimming space and some large refuges or caves. This species of grouper is reported to be more bold than other species and spends more time in the open space of an aquarium. It can only be housed with large fish because it will eat any fish that is under half its body weight.
AKA: Lyretail Grouper, Coronation Grouper
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