Animal Species:Maori Rockcod, Epinephelus undulatostriatus (Peters, 1867)

Juvenile Maori Rockcod have stripes on the side of the body and a wide black stripe along the upper side . Older fish have fine lines of dots.  The species only occurs in Australian waters.

Standard Common Name

Maori Rockcod

Alternative Name/s

Maori Cod

Identification

The Maori Rockcod can be recognised by its pattern and colouration. Juveniles have stripes on the side of the body and a wide black stripe along the upper side and dorsal fin base. Older fish have fine lines of dots.

Size range

The species grows to 40 cm in length.

Distribution

It is known from southern Queensland to southern 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 undulatostriatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Maori Rockcod specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

Coastal reefs and deep estuaries.

Classification

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

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Maori Rockcod, Epinephelus undulatostriatus, Serranidae, stripes or bands, dots/spots, Maori Cod, 30 cm - 1 m, coastal reef, deep estuaries, marine,

4 comments

Mark McGrouther - 8.05 AM, 27 May 2010

Hi Matt.  I'm pleased that Con posed so nicely for you.  The photo shows the colouration beautifully.  Another thing that I really like about your photo is that is shows the path of water as it enters the mouth, passes over the gills and out the opercular opening (the gill slit).  You can read more about the gill rakers, arches and filaments on the Fish Dissection - Gills exposed page.  Thanks again.

MattD - 7.05 PM, 26 May 2010
Yes Con is always there to pose for the Camera. Here is another Photo.

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Sally Reader - 11.01 AM, 20 January 2010

Hi Matt

Nice picture of Con the Cod, I take it he is a regular visitor at Fly Point.

 

Sally

MattD - 7.01 PM, 12 January 2010
Here a Photo of Con the Cod at Fly Point

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