Animal Species:Bluespotted Coral Trout, Plectropomus laevis (Lacépède, 1801)
The Bluespotted Coral Trout is a large tropical species that is a prized food fish, but is responsible for numerous cases of ciguatera fish poisoning.
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Two colour phases are known. The first is white with dark brown bars and yellow fins. The second is red-brown with small blue spots on the head, body and fins. It has less conspicuous dark bars than the first colour phase.
It grows to at least 1 m in length.
The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific region.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology