Bluespotted Coral Trout, Plectropomus laevis (Lacépède 1801)

Other Names: Blacksaddle Coralgrouper, Blacksaddled Coralgrouper, Blacksaddled Coraltrout, Black-saddled Coral-trout, Blue Spot Trout, Blue-spot Trout, Chinese Footballer, Footballer Cod, Footballer Coral Trout, Footballer Trout, Footballer-cod, Oceanic Coral Trout, Oceanic Trout, Tiger Trout

Footballer phase of the Bluespotted Coral Trout, Plectropomus laevis, in the Lizard Island area, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A coral trout with two distinct colour phases: the "footballer phase" which is whitish with black saddles, a yellow caudal peduncle and yellow fins, and a greyish form with a dark head, five dark saddles along the back, and small blue spots on body.
Juveniles mimic the poisonous Blacksaddle Toby, Canthigaster valentini.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Plectropomus laevis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 13 Jun 2024,

Bluespotted Coral Trout, Plectropomus laevis (Lacépède 1801)

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Rowley Shoals, Scott Reef, Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef to One Tree Island, Queensland, reefs in the Coral Sea, and the Lord Howe Island region, Tasman Sea. Inhabits lagoons and seawards reefs.


Juvenile Bluespotted Coral Trout mimic the poisonous Blacksaddle Toby, Canthigaster valentini.

Similar Species

The greyish phase differs from the similar Passionfruit Coral Trout, Plectropomus areolatus, in having a dark head, five dark saddles along the back, and smaller blue spots on body.

Species Citation

Labrus laevis Lacépède 1801, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 3: 431, 477, pl. 23(2). Type locality: 'Le grand golfe de l'Inde' [= Indian Ocean].


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Bluespotted Coral Trout, Plectropomus laevis (Lacépède 1801)


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CAAB Code:37311079


Conservation:IUCN Vulnerable

Depth:4-90 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:125 cm TL

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