Squaretail coral trout (species: Plectropomus areolatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Plectropomus areolatus
Squaretail coral trout

©Anne Hoggett: Plectropomus areolatus at No Name Reef near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Plectropomus areolatus at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Plectropomus areolatus at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island. Note broad submarginal band, yellow in this individual but may be pale or dark (Fishes of Australia accessed 7 Apr 2019).
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Plectropomus
Species Plectropomus areolatus
Status vulnerable



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 80 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

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

  • Bott, N.J., T.L. Miller and T.H. Cribb (2013). Bucephalidae (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) of Plectropomus (Serranidae: Epinephelinae) in the tropical Pacific. Parasitology Research, 112: 2561-2584. LIRS catalog number 1717.
  • Jabbar, A., A. Asnoussi, L.J. Norbury, A. Eisenbarth, S. Shamsi, R.B. Gasser, A.L. Lopata and I. Beveridge (2012). Larval anisakid nematodes in teleost fishes from Lizard Island, northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63: 1283-1299. LIRS catalog number 1584.
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