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Summary"Epinephelus areolatus, part of a genus of groupers, is a sea fish that inhabits coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. Whitish to gray in colour with rounded brownish spots, this fish grows to an average length of 47cm and a weight of 1.4 kg, and is particularly identifiable by a narrow white straight margin on its truncate tail. This species consistently demands a high market price. Thus fish are obtained through both capture from natural populations and raised populations in aquaculture. Popular as food, intensive fishing and especially trawling is probably the only known threat to this species."