- Blacktip grouper
name = Blacktip grouper
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phylum = Chordata
genus = "
species = "E. fasciatus"
binomial = "Epinephelus fasciatus"
binomial_authority = Forsskål, 1775The blacktip grouper is a member of the
Serranidae, the family which includes the sea basses as well as the groupers.
The blacktip grouper grows up to 40cm in length and may weigh up to 2kg. The tips of the spines of the
dorsal finare 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]
It is found associated with
coral reefs from 4m deep (more commonly from 15m) up to 160m, in both marine and brackishwater, sometimes in groups of 10-15 individuals. Juveniles may find shelter in mangroveswamps.
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