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Bar rockcod

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Scientific name

Epinephelus ergastularius

  • juveniles and small adults have seven distinct vertical bands which fade with age
  • large adults are uniformly grey-brown
  • tail is truncate with pale bar on tail base
Family name

Serranidae (cods and groupers)

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 groupers
  • in addition, total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Further information