Whitespotted Grouper (species: Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus
Whitespotted Grouper

©Lyle Vail: Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus on the reef flat on the SW side of South Island, Lizard Island Group.

©Barbara Banks: Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus whitespotted grouper, at Lizard island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Brown/grey with white spots and blotches, tail rounded convex and dark.


  • Up to 60 cm (Length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Pears, R.J. (2005). Comparative demography and assemblage structure of serranid fishes: implications for conservation and fisheries management, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 968.
  • Stewart, B.D. and J.S. Beukers (2000). Baited technique improves censuses of cryptic fish in complex habitats, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 197: 259-272. LIRS catalog number 667.