Variola loutiLyre-tail cod | Common Lyre-tail Cod | Coronation Trout | Lunar-tail Cod | Lunar-tailed Coral-trout | Lyre Tail Coral Trout | Lyretail Grouper | Yellow-edged Lyretail
Variable colouration from dark red to pale grey, dense covering of small blue spots, stripe from bottom lip between eyes to dorsal fin, crescent-shaped tail with broad yellow rear margin, as well as anal and dorsal fins; juvenile has large black spot at tail base, blue-spotted three-zone body: white belly, black midline, olive back. Adults distinguished from V. albimarginata (White-edge Coronation Trout) by broad yellow rear tail margin.
Max Size: 83 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 20-30.7°C
Depth: 3-300 m
Habitat Generalization Index: 6.49
Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.
Conservation and Rarity
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (7.8% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland