Highfin Grouper (species: Epinephelus maculatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus maculatus
Highfin Grouper

©Lyle Vail: Highfin Grouper at Lizard Island

©Graham Edgar: A juvenile Epinephelus maculatus at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Juvenile Epinephelus maculatus at 21 m depth off Coconut Beach, Lizard Island. Juveniles of this species are often abundant in this sort of habitat.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus maculatus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Brown with darker brown spots and two distinctive white saddles on back. Juveniles have yellow on the fins.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


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. and T.H. Cribb (2009). Prosorhynchine trematodes (Digenea: Bucephalidae) from epinephelines (Perciformes: Serranidae) on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Systematic Parasitology, 72: 57-69. LIRS catalog number 1211.
  • 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.
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