Epinephelus lanceolatus

Serranidae
Brindle Bass
Epinephelus lanceolatus, Adult.  Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Epinephelus lanceolatus,  Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Epinephelus lanceolatus, Adult, Coral Sea, Australia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Epinephelus lanceolatus, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia.  Photo: Graham Edgar
Epinephelus lanceolatus, Gulf of Carpentaria, NT.  Photo: Andrew Green
Epinephelus lanceolatus,  Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith

Epinephelus lanceolatus, Adult.  Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Epinephelus lanceolatus,  Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Epinephelus lanceolatus, Adult, Coral Sea, Australia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Epinephelus lanceolatus, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia.  Photo: Graham Edgar
Epinephelus lanceolatus, Gulf of Carpentaria, NT.  Photo: Andrew Green
Epinephelus lanceolatus,  Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith

Distribution
Tropical Indo-Pacific
Description
Distinguishable by it's large size. Mottled olive-brown colouration covering body and fins, often with marginal yellow-green tints, small black spots and grey green patches; juveniles with irregular black and yellow markings. Largest fish on coral reefs, growing to 300 kg. Now absent from nearly all fished reefs. Length to 270 cm.
Information
  • Max Size: 270 cm
  • Depth: 1-200m
  • Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Rarity
  • Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
  • IUCN Threat Status: Vulnerable
  • Occurrence: Infrequent (2% of sites)
    Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
  • Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
    Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: Joe Shields
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