Very special thanks for the first photo of this Leopard grouper to Dr.Gerry R. Allen, he has taken this photo at Mexico.
Mycteroperca rosacea is distributed in the eastern central Pacific, ranging from the southwest coast of Baja California throughout the Gulf of California to Jalisco (Mexico).
Mycteroperca rosacea is a reef-associated species that prefers rocky areas in shallow water at depths of about 50 meters.
The grouper is also found on seamounts.
Leopard groupers feed specially on herring, (Harengula thrissina) and anchoveta, (Cetengraulis mysticetus), juveniles feed also on a variety of benthic fishes and crustaceans.
Best left in the wild.
Epinephelus rosacea Streets, 1877
Mycteroperca pardalis Gilbert, 1892
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Serranidae (Family) > Epinephelinae (Subfamily) > Mycteroperca (Genus) > Mycteroperca rosacea (Species)