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  Blacktip Rockcod (Epinephelus fasciatus)





Blacktip Rockcod | Epinephelus fasciatus photo
Blacktip grouper

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Blacktip Rockcod | Epinephelus fasciatus photo
Epinephelus fasciatus cruentatus

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BLACKTIP ROCKCOD FACTS

Description
The Blacktip Rockcod is grey to pinkish grey, with five brownish to reddish brown bars on the body. The head is triangular shaped with large eyes. The membrane separating the tips of the dorsal fin spines is black.

Other Names
Blacktip Grouper

Size
length to 40cm

Habitat
Common in outer reef slopes at depths below 15 m, also occurs in protected bays and lagoons as shallow as 4 m. May also be found down to a depth of 160 m.

Food
crabs, fish, shrimps, octopus

Range
The Blacktip Rockcod is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is found from central coast of Western Australia, around the top of the country and south to the central coast of New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Serranidae
Genus:Epinephelus
Species:fasciatus
Common Name:Blacktip Rockcod

Relatives in same Genus
  Flowery Cod (E. fuscoguttatus)
  Queensland Groper (E. lanceolatus)
  Trout Cod (E. maculatus)
  Honeycomb Grouper (E. merra)
  Camouflage Grouper (E. polyphekadion)
  Potato Cod (E. tukula)