Pogonoperca ocellata (Günther 1859)
Pogonoperca ocellata (Günther 1859)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Pogonoperca ocellata

English Name: Indian soapfish

Creole Name: Vyey savon

French Name: Savon barbu

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 8; Dorsal rays: 12-13; Anal spines: 2; Anal rays: 8.

Small, deep-bodied grouper. Characteristic skin flap at tip of chin. Caudal fin rounded.

Colour. Body brown with close set white spots forming a reticulated pattern, including on the fins.  Five black saddles, first through the eye, second on nape, third to fifth 
dorsally. Spinous portion of dorsal fin yellow. A much smaller black blotch is also apparent on the on the upper caudal fin base. 


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 30.0 cm TL

Habitat and Ecology:

Reef associated. Found in deep water coral heads and rocky reefs  (depth 25-100 m).

Fishery Status:

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


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