Animal Species:Purple Rockcod, Epinephelus cyanopodus (Richardson, 1846)
The Purple Rockcod has a light blue-grey body, which is covered with fine black spots. The species is usually seen in lagoons and on coastal reefs around coral or rock outcrops. It lives in waters of 2 m to 150 m in depth.
Standard Common Name
This species has also been called the Blue Maori or Blue Maori Cod.
The Purple Rockcod can be recognised by its light blue-grey body, which is covered with fine black spots.
It occurs in tropical and subtropical marine waters throughout the Western Pacific.
In Australia it is known from the offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and far northern Queensland 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.
Distribution by collection data
The species is usually seen in lagoons and on coastal reefs around coral or rock outcrops. It lives in waters of 2 m to 150 m in depth.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press. Pp. 437.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen & J.E. Hanley. 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia Vol. 7 Pisces Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra: Australian Biological Resources Survey. Pp. i-xii, 1-665.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Purple Rockcod, Epinephelus cyanopodus, Serranidae, light blue-grey, black spots, dots/spots, lagoon, coastal reef, rock outcrop, Blue Maori, Blue Maori Cod, 30 cm - 1 m, tropical water, subtropical water, marine,