Blacktip Rockcod (species: Epinephelus fasciatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus fasciatus
Blacktip Rockcod

©Lyle Vail: Blacktip Rockcod at Lizard Island. Thanks to Mark McGrouther for the identification.

©Lyle Vail: Red variation of Blacktip Rockcod at Snake Pit near Lizard Island. 
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus fasciatus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Allen et al (2003) note that colour pattern of this species is highly variable, covering the range shown in the two photos provided here. There are usually 5 to 6 broad bars on the sides of variable intensity. Tips of the dorsal fin spines are not always black, as implied by the common name. In the Lizard Island area, the dorsal fin spines seem to be black basally and white at the tips.  


  • Up to 40 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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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

  • 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.
  • Cribb, T.H., G.R. Anderson, R.D. Adlard and R.A. Bray (1998). A DNA-based demonstration of a three-host life-cycle for the Bivesiculidae (Platyhelminthes: Digenea), International Journal for Parasitology, 28: 1791-1795. LIRS catalog number 1010.
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