Bearded GrouperFamily: SerranidaePogonoperca punctataPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
A very handsome grouper. You can see by its' strong markings why the Clown Grouper or Bearded Grouper is called a "clown"!
The Clown Grouper is also called the Bearded Grouper because of the extra piece of skin on its bottom lip. A typical grouper that is hardy and hungry.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
SPOTTED SOAPFISH (Pogonoperca punctata)
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Video of juvenile Pogonoperca punctata.
This video shows a very young Spotted Soapfish with the spectacular coloring that makes them one of the most sought after soapfish! This little guy will eventually grow to just under 14" and will need a 125 gallon tank and tank mates that are longer than they are, or they will end up as lunch! Soapfish become quite tame and exhibit interesting behaviors! Do not house with aggressive fish, since they can release a toxin into the water that will kill themselves and their tank mates. These fish are best added directly to the main display as the first fish. Do not quarantine this fish.