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Lyretail grouper

Variola louti


Up to 80 cm grouper. Purple and violet color with yellow at the edge of the fins and spots all over the body. Territorial, it eats fish, crusteaceans and cephalopods.


It can be seen swimming among surface coral formations and along coral drop-offs. Red sea and tropical Indo-Pacific

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AdamBT 5 years ago

Great, thanks!

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

thanks! I will add my Thai spottings there :-)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 5 years ago


AdamBT 5 years ago


Please consider adding this spotting to the mission Biodiversity of Thailand:

Thanks, Adam

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks for the comments! is indeed a beautiful fish :-)
And thanks for the BDay wishes too :-)

LauraMaria 6 years ago

Oh wow Marta this is beautiful! What a fantastic shot of a stunning fish :)

marta vázquez
marta vázquez 6 years ago


Elsa 6 years ago

Gorgeous shot and facebook tells me its your birthday so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks both :-)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Never seen a fish like this one. Awesome.

lori.tas 6 years ago

Wow. What gorgeous fish. And I love the shimmering school of little fish all around it.


Lat: 8.58, Long: 97.62

Spotted on Nov 11, 2008
Submitted on Aug 1, 2011

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