Flowery Rockcod (species: Epinephelus fuscoguttatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus fuscoguttatus
Flowery Rockcod

©Lyle Vail: Flowery Rockcod at Cod Hole near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Flowery Cod at Cod Hole being cleaned by Common Cleanerfish
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus fuscoguttatus
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

A large mottled brown grouper with a distinct dark saddle on the tail peduncle.


  • Up to 100 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Cod Hole: Often seen

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.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Ceccarelli, D.M., M.J. Emslie and Z.T. Richards (2016). Post-disturbance stability of fish assemblages measured at coarse taxonomic resolution masks change at finer scales. PLOS One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156232. LIRS catalog number 1971.
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