Blacktip grouper


Blacktip grouper

Taxobox
name = Blacktip grouper
status =
trend = down


image_width = 240px
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Perciformes
familia = Serranidae
genus = "Epinephelus"
species = "E. fasciatus"
binomial = "Epinephelus fasciatus"
binomial_authority = Forsskål, 1775
The blacktip grouper is a member of the Serranidae, the family which includes the sea basses as well as the groupers.

Distribution

The blacktip grouper is widely distributed; it is found from the Red Sea to South Africa, as far north as Korea, and in the waters around Australia.

Description

The blacktip grouper grows up to 40cm in length and may weigh up to 2kg. The tips of the spines of the dorsal fin are black, and it may have a dark red cap above the eyes.FishBase_species|genus=Epinephelus|species=fasciatus|year=2007|month=5] Lieske, E. and Myers, R.F. (2004) "Coral reef guide; Red Sea" London, HarperCollins ISBN 0-00-715986-2] There is a variant with a uniformly pale body except for the frontal part.Siliotti, A. (2002) "fishes of the red sea" Verona, Geodia ISBN 88-87177-42-2]

Diet

It feeds on crustaceans and smaller fish by ambushing them.

Habitat

It is found associated with coral reefs from 4m deep (more commonly from 15m) up to 160m, in both marine and brackish water, sometimes in groups of 10-15 individuals. Juveniles may find shelter in mangrove swamps.

Interaction with man

Blacktip groupers of the red sea are fished by the bedouin. It has also been associated with ciguatera poisoning.

References


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