Fish ID: Blacktip Grouper

Grouper blacktip grouper epinephelus fasciatus gbr
Family Grouper (SERRANIDAE)
species Epinephelus fasciatus
size To 50cm
locality Coastal reefs and slopes
behaviour Solitary
range Indo Pacific

Body can be anything from all scarlet red to all silvery, or more likely broad bars of each colour. Key feature is the black and white tips to the dorsal spines, most obvious when raised.