Animal Species:Blacktip Rockcod, Epinephelus fasciatus (Forsskål, 1775)

The Blacktip Rockcod can be recognised by the dark tips to the spinous dorsal fin.  The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.

A Blacktip Rockcod at Ribbon Reef

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Blacktip Rockcod

Alternative Name/s

Black-tipped Rockcod, Red-barred Rockcod.

Identification

The Blacktip Rockcod can be recognised by its colouration. It is grey to pinkish with five dusky to red bars on the body. The membrane separating the tips of the dorsal fin spines is black.

Size range

The species grows to 35 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia the Blacktip Rockcod is known from off the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north, and south to the central coast of New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Epinephelus fasciatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Blacktip Rockcod specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
fasciatus
Genus:
Epinephelus
Family:
Serranidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  4. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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