Darwin Grouper, Hyporthodus darwinensis (Randall & Heemstra 1991)

Illustration of the Darwin Grouper, Hyporthodus darwinensis. Source: FAO / FishBase. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

This species was previously placed in the genus Epinephelus.

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2018, Hyporthodus darwinensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Mar 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/3852

Darwin Grouper, Hyporthodus darwinensis (Randall & Heemstra 1991)

More Info


Known only from a single specimen caught in the Timor Sea off the Northern Territory, Australia and landed at Darwin. The specimen was taken on hook and line at a depth of 107 m over a muddy, sandy bottom.

Species Citation

Epinephelus darwinensis Randall & Heemstra 1991, Indo-Pacific Fishes 20: 133, pl. 11B, fig. 66. Type locality: north of Bathurst Island, Timor Sea, Australia [10°11´S, 129°48´E].


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Darwin Grouper, Hyporthodus darwinensis (Randall & Heemstra 1991)


Craig, M.T. & Hastings, P.A. 2007. A molecular phylogeny of the groupers of the subfamily Epinephelinae (Serranidae) with a revised classification of the Epinephelini. Ichthyological Research 54(1): 1-17.

Craig, M.T., Sadovy de Mitcheson, Y.J. & Heemstra, P.C. 2011. Groupers of the World: a Field and Market Guide. Grahamstown, South Africa : NISC Ltd 356 pp., Appendix 47 pp. 

Ferreira, B.P. 2008. Hyporthodus darwinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T64399A12770589. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T64399A12770589.en. Downloaded on 13 February 2018.

Heemstra, P.C. & Randall, J.E. 1993. Groupers of the World (Family Serranidae, Subfamily Epinephelinae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of grouper, rockcod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 16. Rome: FAO. pp. 1-382 (as Epinephelus darwinensis)

 Heemstra, P.C. & Randall, J.E. 1999. Family Serranidae. pp. 2442-2548 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790. (as Epinephelus darwinensis)

Randall, J.E. & Heemstra, P.C. 1991. Revision of Indo-Pacific groupers (Perciformes: Serranidae: Epinephelinae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 20: 1-332

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311146


Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:107 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:56 cm


Species Image Gallery

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map