Dermatolepis striolata (Playfair, 1867)
Dermatolepis striolata (Playfair, 1867)

Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Dermatolepis striolata

English Name: Smooth grouper

Creole Name:

French Name: Merou lisse

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 11; Dorsal rays: 18-19; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 9-10.

Brown body and head, paler ventrally, with irregular pale blotches and numerous small round dark spots. In juveniles the brown spots are often horizontally elongate and may form lines. Body depth greater than head length. Opercular spines not readily visible. Caudal fin rounded or truncate with rounded corners


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max length : 85.0 cm. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits coral or rocky reefs often near caves (depth 1-15m). Eats fish. Rare fish, not known whether it forms spawning aggregations but has been reported to shoal in small groups of 8 or fewer individuals.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the fish trap fishery and presumably the hand line fishery, but is a very rare component of the catch. 


Barreiros, J. 2018. Dermatolepis striolataThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T44672A100459401.  (03/01/19)

Craig, M.T. et al (2011). Groupers of the World - a field and market guide. NISC (Pty) Ltd, South Africa. ISBN: 978-1-920033-11-8

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Eds. 2018. FishBase. (03/01/19).


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