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Areolate rockcod

  • Photo of an adult Areolate rockcod
    Adult fish (Photo: JE Randall)
Scientific name

Epinephelus areolatus

  • pale body
  • covered by large golden-brown spots sometimes forming a honeycomb pattern
  • spots extend onto all fins
  • a truncate tail with white margin is typical
Family name

Serranidae (cods and gropers)

Family description
  • bottom-dwelling (demersal) predators
  • highly regarded food fish
  • most have small scales
  • hard to see lateral lines and usually rounded to emarginate tail fins
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 38 cm
  • combined possession limit of 5 for all cods and gropers
  • in addition, total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Further information