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Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus (Bloch, 1790)

Whitespotted Grouper

Classification
Class: Actinopterygii Subclass: Neopterygii Order:  Perciformes Family:  Serranidae    NCBI taxonomy FishBase  WoRMS
Habitat Occurrence type IUCN Red List Status
Marine Native Least Concern (LC)
Distribution
Distribution in India Distribution elsewhere
Nicobar Islands, Tamil Nadu and Goa coast. East Africa south to East London, Persian Gulf, South Africa, east to Fiji and Tonga.
Synonyms
Holocentrus coeruleopunctatus  Bloch, 1790
Epinephelus caeruleeopunctatus  (Bloch, 1790)
Epinephelus caeruleopunctatus  (Bloch, 1790)
Epinephelus caerulopunctatus  (Bloch, 1790)
Serranus alboguttatus  Valenciennes, 1828
Serranus dermochirus  Valenciennes, 1830
Serranus hoevenii  Bleeker, 1849
Epinephelus hoevenii  (Bleeker, 1849)
Serranus kunhardtii  Bleeker, 1851
Serranus flavoguttatus  Peters, 1855
Type specimen
Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus (Bloch, 1790) coeruleopunctatus, Holocentrus Bloch [M. E.] 1790:94, Pl. 242 (fig. 2) [Naturgeschichte der ausl√§ndischen Fische v. 4; Unknown locality [probably Indonesia]. Holotype (unique): ZMB 232. Synonym: Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus (Bloch, 1790), Holocentrus coeruleopunctatus Bloch, 1790, Epinephelus caeruleeopunctatus (Bloch, 1790), Epinephelus caeruleopunctatus (Bloch, 1790), Epinephelus caerulopunctatus (Bloch, 1790), Serranus alboguttatus Valenciennes, 1828, Serranus dermochirus Valenciennes, 1830, Serranus hoevenii Bleeker, 1849, Epinephelus hoevenii (Bleeker, 1849), Serranus kunhardtii Bleeker, 1851, Serranus flavoguttatus Peters, 1855 Order: Perciformes Family: Serranidae Distribution: Tamil Nadu & Goa coast. India: Known from Tamil Nadu and Goa coast. Museum: SMF uncat. (Nicobar Islands); MNHN 7650 (Holotype of S. dermochirus, Valenciennes); FMNH 98053. Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to East London, South Africa and east to Fiji. Recently recorded from Tonga. It is not known from the Red Sea, but it does occur in the Persian Gulf. Record from northwestern Australia is doubtful. It is closely related to, and is often confused with, three other white-spotted species: Epinephelus ongus, Epinephelus summana, and Epinephelus corallicola. Habitat: Marine IUCN status: Least Concern (LC)   More...
Biology
S.No. Diagnostic features Finformula Reference
1 D. XI, 16; A. III, 8; P. 17; V. I, 5. Llat. 95-103; Ltr. 12-15+1+33-36.
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