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Queensland groper

  • Photo of a Queensland groper
    Adult Queensland groper underwater (Photo: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
  • Photo of a young queensland groper under water
    Young adult Queensland groper underwater (Photo: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)

The Queensland groper is a no-take species. In Queensland, catching and possessing this fish is totally prohibited. If accidentally caught, they should be immediately and carefully returned to the water.

Scientific name

Epinephelus lanceolatus

Description
  • most large specimens are evenly mottled brown with dark spots on the edges of their soft fins
  • juveniles bear striking black and yellow bars
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
  • no-take species

Further information