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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Chordata (phylum)  »  Actinopterygii (class)  »  Perciformes (order)  »  Serranidae (family)

CAAB Code: 37 311059 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Epinephelus insularis   Nakamura & Motomura, 2021

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Fishes

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Family: 37 311 Serranidae (Rockcods) - show full list
Standard Name: brownspotted grouper
Organism Type: a rockcod
Synonyms: Epinephelus chlorostigma (Valenciennes, 1828) [CAAB, Australian Faunal Directory online]
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Shelf Demersal (40-200m)
Slope Demersal (200-2000m)
Parent Codes: 37 311911     Epinephelus spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
Distribution map:
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Modelled distribution shown as blue polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions) Updated on 2022-01-12.
Occurrence locations [20] shown as red circles - View CSIRO Catch records
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Expected species depth range is from 120 to 300 m.
Taxon Notes:Nakamura & Motomura (2021) described Epinephelus insularis from the Western Pacific Ocean and Timor Sea and noted the true E. chlorostigma was restricted to the Western Indian Ocean and Red Sea. In Australia, E. insularis is confirmed from Scott Reef, Western Australia and off Myrmidon Reef (18 14’S 147 20’E), Qld in 135m. The Australian Faunal Directory (accessed 30.4.2021) also noted distribution as North West Shelf, WA to Evans Shoal and Blackwood Shoals, Timor Sea, NT; some Australian records not documented and need confirmation. Andrawartha & Tuma (2007) show an image of a fish caught in northern Australia, but location not documented. Most type specimens were collected from fish markets but known depths range is 120-300m.

Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
FoA 4513
View at FoA
ITIS 167738
View at ITIS
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2018-07-18
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
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