Dotted Grouper, Epinephelus epistictus (Temminck & Schlegel 1843)

Other Names: Black-dotted Rock-cod, Black-spotted Grouper, Black-spotted Rockcod, Broken-line Grouper, Spottedback Grouper

Dotted Grouper, Epinephelus epistictus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale brown to greenish-grey deep water grouper with irregular rows of small dark spots on sides and upper body. Some specimens have a broad dark band from the eye to the gill cover, and two narrower bands running diagonally across the cheek.

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Dianne J. Bray, Epinephelus epistictus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 01 Oct 2022,

Dotted Grouper, Epinephelus epistictus (Temminck & Schlegel 1843)

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Widespread in the tropical Indo-West Pacific, from the Red Sea and South Africa, to Papua New Guinea, southern Japan, and Australia. Inhabits rocky and soft bottoms in depths to 290 m.


Dianne J. Bray

Dotted Grouper, Epinephelus epistictus (Temminck & Schlegel 1843)


To, A.W.L & Pollard, D. 2008. Epinephelus epistictus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T132824A3461503. Downloaded on 10 June 2016.

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CAAB Code:37311046

Conservation:Data Deficient

Depth:70-290 m

Max Size:80 cm TL

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