Queensland Grouper (species: Epinephelus lanceolatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus lanceolatus
Queensland Grouper

©Andy Lewis: Queensland Groper in the lagoon off Mangrove beach.

©Andy Lewis: A Queensland Grouper in the lagoon off Mangrove Beach

©Anne Hoggett: Epinephelus lanceolatus more than 2 m long emerging from cave on the NE side of Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus lanceolatus
Status vulnerable



Distinguishing features

This is the largest bony fish associated with coral reefs. Adults are mottled dark brownish grey. Tail and soft parts of fins are yellowish with dark spots in small individuals. Juveniles are irregularly barred with dark brown and yellow.


  • Up to 270 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • 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.