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Dwarf spotted rockcod (wire netting cod)

  • Photo of Dwarf-spotted rockcod
    Adult dwarf spotted rockcod (Photo: JE Randall)
  • Photo of a Dwarf spotted rockcod underwater
    Adult dwarf spotted rockcod underwater (Photo: JE Randall)
Scientific name

Epinephelus merra

Description
  • spots on face are dark and obvious
  • fins are edged with yellow or cream
  • pectoral fins are distinctly spotted, distinguishing it from longfin rockcod
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