Horizontal elongated spots to the head distinguish the Barred-Cheek Coral Trout (Plectropomus maculatus) species from common Coral Trout and Chinese Footballer.
Western Indian Ocean, East Coast of Africa, Northward to the Red Sea, Eastward to the Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Central Pacific, Japan, Australia and Malaysia.
Biology & fishery
Inhabits coral reefs at depths of 13-160m. Maximum size recorded 100 cm. (25 kg). Normally caught with hook and line, spears, traps and gill nets.
Highly regarded eating fish. Sold fresh.