Image: Chinaman Rockcod, Epinephelus rivulatus

Chinaman Rockcod, Epinephelus rivulatus

A Chinaman Rockcod at a depth of 14 m, Lord Howe Island, February 2011.

Dave Harasti
© Dave Harasti


The image was sent to Rudie Kuiter for comment. He replied "It certainly looks like the eastern Australia form of E. rivulatus. There are a number of geographical variations. It is best distinguished from E. fasciatus by the plain dorsal spine tips which are black and white in E. fasciatus and it has a reddish blotch basally on the pectoral fin that is usually more distinct in the Indian Ocean forms of E. rivulatus."

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Epinephelus rivulatus, Serranidae, Chinaman Rockcod,