IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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"One of the largest coral-dwelling fish to be found in and around the Persian Gulf, Epinephelus chlorostigma, has a pale green-gray body, with a lighter coloured belly, covered with small circular brown blotches. When aroused, this fish species is able to change the shade of it's body colour in keeping with its surroundings. Though the fish is shy and lazy in its habit, it's large pectoral and caudal fins enable it to move and maneuver its body quickly through water. This species usually hides in a cave opening or between the corals, to pounce on any unsuspecting prey that happens to swim close enough. Prey are usually eaten whole. Epinephelus chlorostigma has a large mouth that can open to a size that is as wide as the diameter of the fish's body. Predators are usually warned off by an impressive display of mouth gaping. Cooked adult fish, in all it's forms - grilled, stewed and fried, is a highly prized dish in Southern parts of the Persian Gulf. Juvenile fish of this species are delicacies served in many upscale restaurants."

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