Epinephelus sexfasciatus


Sixbar grouper EFX
Characteristic features:
Colour:

5 dark-brown bars on body partly divided by a narrow pale bar, caudal fin with blackish spots, and no patches of small dark spots on body.

Size:

Up to 28 cm TL.

Distribution:

West Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Silty and muddy bottoms, from 10 to 80 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught in trawls.

Similar species:

Epinephelus amblycephalus
Banded grouper

Epinephelus amblycephalus

Epinephelus amblycephalus differs in having no distinct dark spots on posterior dorsal fin, anal-fin lobe and caudal fin (vs. distinct dark spots on these fins).

Epinephelus coioides
Orangespotted grouper

Epinephelus coioides

Epinephelus coioides differs in having 5 dark bars that each divide into 2 bars ventrally (vs. 5 dark brown bars on body sometimes with black and pale spots or blotches present).

Epinephelus rivulatus
Halfmoon grouper

Epinephelus rivulatus

Epinephelus rivulatus differs in having no distinct dark spots on posterior dorsal fin, anal-fin lobe and caudal fin (vs. distinct dark spots on these fins).

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