Flowery Cod

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The Flowery Cod (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus ) is a large tropical fish species that belongs to the cod/groper family Serranidae. This species is also commonly referred to as the Brown Marbled Grouper. This species is known to occur in the waters of the Indo-Pacific region from the Red Sea to Fiji and Tonga in the north to the waters of southern Japan and down to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It has also been recorded in the waters of Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

This species can be recognised by its pale yellowish brown background with five irregular vertical bars across the body. The head and body is covered with small close-set black spots, those on the dark blotches are darker than those between the blotches. This species looks very similar in appearance to the Black Cod (Epinephelus daemelii), Malabar Cod (Epinephelus malabaricus ) and the Estuary Cod (Epinephelus coioides). The Flowery Cod is a solitary species and can be found on protected areas of coral reefs from waters as shallow as 5 metres down to depths of at least 60 metres. The Flowery Cod (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus ) grows to a maximum length of approximately 1 metre.

Family: Serranidae

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