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Common Coral Trout

Plectropomus leopardus

(Image credit: Janet Clough/iNaturalist, CC BY-NC)

Common Coral Trout are a bright red-orange fish with small dense blue spots across the entire body and a light blue right around the eyes. This species differs from Plectropomus maculatus by the blue ring around the eye. Consumption of large Common Coral Trout has been associated with ciguatera poisoning in some areas.

Length: to 122cm


Associated with coral-rich lagoons and mid-shelf reefs. Juveniles exist in shallow water reefs, particularly round coral rubble; depth 3-100m.

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Log it south of K'gari or Stradbroke Island

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Stuart-Smith et al. 2015; Reef Life Survey; Cornish & Kiwi 2004; Fishes of Australia.

http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4518; http://reeflifesurvey.com/species/plectropomus-leopardus/; http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/44684/0

Number of sightings 2

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