Epinephelus fuscoguttatus

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Epinephelus fuscoguttatus
Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Epinephelus fuscoguttatus
Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, adult, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Epinephelus fuscoguttatus
Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Epinephelus fuscoguttatus
Epinephelus fuscoguttatus
Epinephelus fuscoguttatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Yellowish-brown background with pattern of large dark blotches down side. Black markings on tail base and back are distinctive, and not as rounded as on E. polyphekadion (Camouflage Grouper). Dense covering of small dark and light spots. Juveniles found over seagrass beds. Length to 120 cm.


Max Size: 120 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 4.5-31.1°C

Depth: 1-60m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.7% 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