Clown Grouper (Pogonoperca punctata)
Family: Serranidae (Anthias, Groupers)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region, and Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 49 to 492 ft. Size: 13.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Fish, crustaceans
Natural History: The Clown Grouper is found on outer reef slopes with moderate to strong current in recesses and caves. It is a reclusive species that is found singly in caves and under ledges.
Husbandry: The Clown Grouper is considered an interesting display fish. It should be housed in an aquarium with numerous hiding places. This fish will eat processed, frozen, and live foods. Only one Clown Grouper should be kept per aquarium. This species will eat any other crustacean or shrimp that it can fit into its mouth, even poisonous tobies. Here at SeaScape Studio our Clown Grouper consumed (to our dismay) a medium lawnmower blenny and a black cardinal in a single evening!
AKA: Leaflip Grouper, Spotted Grouper, Snowflake Grouper
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