Barcheeked Coral Trout (species: Plectropomus maculatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Plectropomus maculatus
Barcheeked Coral Trout

©Anne Hoggett: Plectropomus maculatus at the lagoon bommie, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Plectropomus maculatus in the Lizard Island lagoon.

©Anne Hoggett: Plectropomus maculatus at Osprey Islet, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Plectropomus
Species Plectropomus maculatus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 125 cm (length according to Allen et al (2003))
  • Up to 70 cm (length of specimens observed at Lizard Island)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Ferreira, B.P. (1993). Age, growth, reproduction and population biology of Plectropomus sp(p). (Epinephelinae: Serranidae) on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Townsville. LIRS catalog number 439.
  • Gates, J. and P. Hoyle (1990). Lore from the Lizard: Lizard Island Research Station, Australian Natural History, 23(4): 314-321. LIRS catalog number 402.
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