Epinephelus multinotatus (Peters, 1876)
English Name : White-blotched grouper
Family : SERRANIDAE
Local Name : Baafothi faana
Order : Perciformes
Size : Max. 1 m
Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 15-17 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 18-20 rays. Body depth 2.6-2.9 in standard length. Preopercle finely serrated. Inter-orbital area distinctly convex, dorsal profile of head slightly convex. Membranes between dorsal spines not incised. Caudal fin truncate, round in juveniles.
Colour: Pale brownish-grey, with white blotches above and small dark reddish spots below. After death, becomes darker grey and white blotches disappear.
Habitat and Biology: Occurs in deeper waters to depths of 90 m. Juveniles are found on shallower inshore coral reefs. Feeds on fish and crustaceans.
Distribution: Indian Ocean.
Remarks: In Maldives, Epinephelus multinotatus is only rarely caught by local fishermen. The first records were from R. V. ‘Farumas’ Reef Fishing Survey, during which few specimens were caught inside atoll basins.
Source: Fishes of the Maldives, Maldives Marine Research, 2003