Whitespotted Grouper, Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus (Bloch 1790)

Other Names: Ocellated Rockcod, Ocellated Rock-cod, Small-spotted Cod, Small-spotted Rock Cod, Small-spotted Rock-cod, White-spotted Grouper, White-spotted Reef-cod , Whitespotted Rockcod, White-spotted Rockcod

A Whitespotted Grouper, Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus, at Banda Aceh, Indonesia, June 2009. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

A brownish-grey to charcoal coloured grouper covered in white spots and blotches of various sizes.
Video of a juvenile Whitespotted Grouper in Okinawa, Japan.

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Whitespotted Grouper, Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus (Bloch 1790)

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Widespread in the Indo-Pacific from the Eastern Indian Ocean to Tonga in the Pacific. Inhabits rocky or coral-rich areas in deep lagoons, channels and outer reef slopes, usually sheltering in or near caves. Juveniles occur amongst mangroves and in tide pools.


Dianne J. Bray

Whitespotted Grouper, Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus (Bloch 1790)


Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-western Australia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australia Museum, Perth (Australia).

Newman, S.J., McB. Williams, D. and Russ, G.R. 1997. Patterns of zonation of assemblages of the Lutjanidae, Lethrinidae and Serranidae (Epinephelinae) within and among mid-shelf and outer-shelf reefs in the central Great Barrier Reef. Marine and Freshwater Research 48: 119-128.

Rhodes, K., Russell, B., Kulbicki, M., Yeeting, B., Fennessy, S. & Myers, R. 2008. Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T132751A3440940. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T132751A3440940.en. Downloaded on 10 June 2016

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CAAB Code:37311070

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-65 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:76 cm TL

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