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About: Variola Louti
The Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper is distributed in the tropical Indo-West Pacific from Durban, South Africa to the Red Sea; the southwest Indian coast, southern Japan through the Coral Sea and east to the Pitcairn Islands, including southern Japan to Australia.
The Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper is usually seen in clear-water areas at depths below 45 feet. This species prefers islands and offshore reefs rather than continental shores.
The The Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper appears to spawn from May to October with peak spawning occurring during the transition periods between the monsoons in the months of June and July. As with several other grouper species larger spawns appear around full and new moons.
The diet of the Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper feeds mainly on fishes, and on crabs, shrimps and stomatopods.
Potential predators of the Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper include humans, marine mammals and larger fishes.
Small juveniles lack the black band and black spots on dorsal part of head and body and resemble goat-fishes of the family Mullidae.
The Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper is a moderately elongate, compressed fish. It has small, mostly ctenoid scales on the body and cycloid scales on the head. The dorsal and anal fins have pointed posterior tips.
The The Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper is reddish above, often shading to orangish to white on the belly. There are numerous small bluish or pinkish spots on the head, body and fins. The posterior margins of the fins are yellow.
Dorsal spines: 9.
Dorsal soft rays: 13-14.
Anal spines: 3.
Anal soft rays: 8.
Longitudinal scale series: 113-135
Lateral-line scales: 66-77
Pectoral fins with 16-19 rays.
Gill rakers of first gill arch 7-10 + 15-18, including 6-87 rudiments on each limb.
Human Food Source:
The Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper is highly appreciated for the quality of its flesh. In the Hong Kong live fish markets. This common and important food fish is caught with hand-lines, spear, and traps.
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Variola LoutiVariola Louti also known as Yellow-edged Lyretail, Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper is in 3 fishing areas, 1 different structures and 3 fishing locations.
Common Names for: Variola Louti
- Guam (gu)
- Yellow-edged Lyretail
- Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper
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