Greasy Rockcod (species: Epinephelus tauvina) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Epinephelus tauvina
Greasy Rockcod

©Lyle Vail: Epinephelus tauvina at Yonge Reef. Note that mouth extends well behind the eye and central section of tail is much paler than upper and lower margins.

©Lyle Vail: Greasy Rockcod at Cod Hole

©Lyle Vail: Epinephelus tauvina on the outer slope of Day Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Epinephelus
Species Epinephelus tauvina
Status insufficient data to assess



Distinguishing features

A blotched and spotted cod that often has darker saddles on back that may extend to diagonal bands across body. Tail with dark upper and lower margins and a much paler central section. Mouth is extremely large, extending well behind the level of the eye.


  • Up to 75 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • From 1 m to 300 m



©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.
  • 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

  • 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.