White-edged Lyretail Grouper Variola albimarginata

White-edged Lyretail Grouper
White-edged Lyretail Grouper
The White-edged or White-margined Lyretail Grouper is native to coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific from East Africa via Indonesia and the Philippines to an imaginary line from Japan to Australia.
White-edged Lyretail Grouper
White-edged Lyretail Grouper
The fish is bright orange-red like the Coral Hind (Vermillion Seabass) but has small pink spots rather than blue and a white-edged, lyre-shaped tail rather than the fan-shaped, blue-spotted tail of its relative. There is also a Yellow-edged Lyretail Grouper, V. louti, which is similar but has bright yellow edges to its fins and tail.
White-edged Lyretail Grouper
White-edged Lyretail Grouper
White-edged Lyretail Grouper
It grows typically to 50-55cm long but exceptionally is said to reach 65cm. Diet is mainly other fish with some crustaceans.