Honeycomb grouper


  • Often recorded singly.
  • In Hong Kong, home range is approximately 48m2.
  • Females can change sex to male at 3 – 5 years old.
  • Feeds on fishes and small invertebrates.
  • Species was intentionally introduced into the Hawaiian Islands in the 1950s, however, the species did not successfully colonise the area.


  • Body covered with brown hexagonal to round patterns. Some patterns are joined together.
  • Patterns on the tail are smaller than those on the body, distinguishable from the Longfin grouper for which the patterns on the tail are similar to those on the body.
  • Has spots under pectoral fin base. Readily distinguishes from Longfin grouper, which has two dark brown bands instead of spots under pectoral fin base.

Common Name: Honeycomb grouper

Family Common Name: Groupers

Scientific Name: Epinephelus merra___(Bloch, 1793)

Maximum Length: 32 cm (Total Length)