Epinephelus faveatus (Valenciennes 1828)

Other Names: Barredchest Grouper, Barred-chest Grouper, Indian Grouper

Epinephelus faveatus from Batu Nampar, Lombok, Indonesia. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A whitish to pale greyish grouper with numerous close-set round brown spots of varying sizes on the head, body and fins.

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Epinephelus faveatus (Valenciennes 1828)

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Cocos (Keeling) Island Province; tropical, east Indian Ocean - Indo-West Pacific: India and Sri Lanka, Cocos-Keeling Islands and Indonesia.


Dorsal fin XI, 16-18; Anal fin III, 8. 

Scales cycloid except for region beneath pectoral fins; body with numerous auxiliary scales; greatest depth of body 3.0-3.5 in SL; rounded caudal fin; pelvic fins, 2.2-2.7 in head length; further characterized by flat or slightly concave interorbital area, convex dorsal head profile; rounded preopercle, with shallow indentation just above angle and slightly enlarged serrae at the angle; upper edge of operculum slightly convex; subequal posterior and anterior nostrils; maxilla reaches past vertical at rear edge of eye; 2 rows of teeth on midlateral part of lower jaw.


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Epinephelus faveatus (Valenciennes 1828)


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CAAB Code:37311208

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:2-125 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max weight:32 cm TL

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