Dampiera Grouper

Spottysail Dottyback - Fire-tail Devil

Family: Pseudochromidae Dampiera Grouper PictureLabracinus cyclophthalmusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Greg Rothschild

   We have cared for this fish and are impressed by the hardiness and beauty of the Dampiera Grouper or Spottysail Dottyback!

   The Dampiera Grouper or Spottysail Dottyback is rather shy and likes to hide among the rockwork. They normally only come out to feed.

For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium

Geographic Distribution
Labracinus cyclophthalmus
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Pseudochromidae
  • Genus: Labracinus
  • Species: cyclophthalmus
Dampiera Grouper, (wild) Spottysail Dottyback, Labracinus cyclophthalmus

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In the wild

This video shows the Dampeira Grouper or Spottysail Dottyback in the wild. They are very shy and stay near rock work or coral. These dottybacks are easy to care for and are 8.5" of angry fish! Do not feed freshwater fish, as these have too much fat. If keeping with other fish, avoid passive or similar size since they have no problem smashing larger tank mates into bite sized pieces They will eat smaller fish and ornamental crustaceans and as adults tend to terrorize entire tanks, so keep them with large squirrelfish, snappers, groupers, large angelfish, large hawkfish and triggerfish. House in a tank that is at least 30 gallons if they are the only fish.

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Maintenance difficulty:    Dampiera Grouper or Spottysail Dottyback is easy to keep.

Maintenance:    Feed all kinds of live and frozen protein foods. Try squid, clams, shrimp, chopped fish. Live foods like guppies and goldfish are also appreciated and can be fed occasionally.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:    Found in the Indo-Pacific.

Foods:    Like most groupers it is a meat eater that preys on small fish.

Social Behaviors:    This fish is a solitary predator that hangs out among the rocks waiting for prey.

Sex: Sexual differences:    Unknown.

Light: Recommended light levels:    No special requirements.

Breeding/Reproduction:    Unknown.

Temperature:    No special requirements.

Length/Diameter of fish:    Dampiera Grouper or Spottysail Dottyback grow to length of 22 cm (8.66 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:    A minimum 50 gallon aquarium is recommended.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong    No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom    No special requirements. Provide rockwork large enough for the fish to hide.

Availability:    This fish is readily available.

Author: David Brough. CFS.
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