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Perciformes  -  Serranidae  -  Epinephelus  -  Epinephelus clippertonensis

Epinephelus clippertonensis

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pink-grey, pale spots
D XI, 15-16, 3rd-4th spines longest
juvenile: fine mesh of dark spots + pale lines



Epinephelus clippertonensis Allen & Robertson, 1999

Clipperton grouper

Body robust, compressed; end of top jaw exposed; operculum edge with 3 flat spines; preoperculum without spines; 1 dorsal fin with XI spines, 15-16 rays, spines III-IV longest; anal fin with III spines; 15-16 dorsal rays; 8 anal rays; pectoral rays 18-20, usually 19, rarely 18; tail rounded; lateral line complete, ending at tail base, smoothly arched; scales rough, relatively small: 48-51 scales on lateral line, 46-50 around tail base, and 16-18 above the lateral line, often a few small imbedded scales on front of maxillary.

Pale grey to light grey-brown with white spots and flecks on head and body;
 large fish (males?) can switch to a bicolored pattern by darkening the rear half and lightening the front half of the body. Juveniles  with dense small dark spots.

        Size: 61 cm.

Habitat: coral reef.

Depth: 1-100 m.

        An island endemic found at Clipperton, the Revillagigedos and Rocas Alijos, off southern Baja.

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