Camouflage Grouper (species: Epinephelus polyphekadion) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus polyphekadion
Camouflage Grouper

©Lyle Vail: Epinephelus polyphekadion at Dynamite Pass (Reef 14-140) near Lizard Island.

©Mark Shepherd: Camouflage Grouper at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: One of two Epinephelus polyphekadion at Yonge Reef. This one was following the other which had much darker colouration. Note dark patch on upper tail base.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus polyphekadion
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

Blotchy on upper body and with small dark spots all over; a dark saddle on the tail base.


  • Up to 60 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Bott, N.J., T.L. Miller and T.H. Cribb (2013). Bucephalidae (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) of Plectropomus (Serranidae: Epinephelinae) in the tropical Pacific. Parasitology Research, 112: 2561-2584. LIRS catalog number 1717.
  • 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.