Species group: Groupers
Other common names: Leaflip Grouper, Spotted Soapfish, Snowflake Soapfish, Leaflip Soapfish
Scientific name: Pogonoperca punctata
The Clown is a hardy aquarium fish. This species is a medium maintenance and hardy fish.
The juvenile Clown has several circles on the belly filled with smaller white spots. It has yellowish-tan saddles with white spots. As the fish grows, black saddles develop on its back with small white spots all over its head and body. Young fish can be very shy, though they gradually become bolder and spend more time in the open.
It is aggressive and venomous. It will eat any fish that is small enough for it to swallow whole, and should, therefore, be housed only with tankmates larger that itself. They excrete poisonous mucus.
The Clown Grouper needs a tank of at least 80 gallons. The tank should have plenty of places to hide and swim.