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Epinephelus malabaricus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Malabar grouper

Class: Actinopterygii Subclass: Neopterygii Order:  Perciformes Family:  Serranidae    NCBI taxonomy FishBase  WoRMS
Habitat Occurrence type IUCN Red List Status
Brackish water, Marine Native Near Threatened (NT)
Distribution in India Distribution elsewhere
Kerala, Goa coast and Godavari estuary. Red Sea, East Africa to Tonga, north to Japan, south to Australia and Persian Gulf.
Holocentrus malabaricus  Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Cephalopholis malabaricus  (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Epinephelus malabrica  (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Holocentrus salmoides  Lacepède, 1802
Epinephelus salmoides  (Lacepède, 1802)
Epinephelus salmonoides  (Valenciennes, 1828)
Serranus semi-punctatus  Valenciennes, 1828
Serranus crapao  Cuvier, 1829
Serranus polypodophilus  Bleeker, 1849
Epinephelus cylindricus  Postel, 1965
Type specimen
Epinephelus malabaricus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) malabaricus, Holocentrus Bloch [M. E.] & Schneider [J. G.] 1801:319, Pl. 63 [M. E. Blochii, Systema Ichthyologiae; Tranquebar [Tharangambadi], India. Holotype (unique): ZMB 190. Synonym: Epinephelus malabaricus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801), Holocentrus malabaricus Bloch & Schneider, 1801, Cephalopholis malabaricus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801), Epinephelus malabrica (Bloch & Schneider, 1801), Holocentrus salmoides Lacepède, 1802, Epinephelus salmoides (Lacepède, 1802), Epinephelus salmonoides (Valenciennes, 1828), Serranus semi-punctatus Valenciennes, 1828, Serranus crapao Cuvier, 1829, Serranus polypodophilus Bleeker, 1849, Epinephelus cylindricus Postel, 1965 Order: Perciformes Family: Serranidae Distribution: India: Type locality. Found in Kerala and Goa coast and Godavari estuary. Museum: BPBM 27497, 27993, 20592; CMFRI 143, 173; RUSI 11382; MNHN 743 (Holotype of S. semipunctatus). Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Tonga, north to Japan, south to Australia. It is not known from the Persian Gulf, where the closely related Epinephelus coioides is common. Habitat: Brackishwater, Marine IUCN status: Near Threatened (NT)  More...
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Museum specimen (1)