Blackspotted rockcod (species: Epinephelus malabaricus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus malabaricus
Blackspotted rockcod

©Anne Hoggett: An adult Blackspotted Rockcod at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Two cleaner fish at work on a Blackspotted Rockcod at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Closeup of the same Blackspotted Rockcod at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus malabaricus
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

A large grouper with small, well-spaced black spots and larger irregular pale blotches. Grows to at least 1 metre.


  • Up to 234 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Usually in reef areas deeper than 10 metres

Web resources


  • Hilomen, V.V. (1997). Inter- and intra-habitat movement patterns and population dynamics of small reef fishes of commercial and recreational significance, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Townsville. LIRS catalog number 535.
  • 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.
  • Wright, K.J., D.M. Higgs and J.M. Leis (2011). Ontogenetic and interspecific variation in hearing ability in marine fish larvae. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 424: 1-13. LIRS catalog number 1388.