Purple Rockcod (species: Epinephelus cyanopodus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus cyanopodus
Purple Rockcod

©Andy Lewis: Purple Rockcod at Lizard Island Island.

©Lyle Vail: Purple Rockcod about 35 cm long at Snake Pit near Lizard Island

©Mark Shepherd: Epinephelus cyanopodus about 30 cm long still with some juvenile yellow colouration, at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus cyanopodus
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

Adults are pale blue/grey with many small black spots all over. Juveniles are mostly yellow with a black margin on tail and ventral fin tips, and with dark blotches on the lips.


  • Up to 122 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: Uncommon at Lizard Island. Large adults are not recorded from the island: size is usually less than 40 cm.

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.
  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
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