Shorefishes of the Eastern Pacific online information system

Español  Contact

Species: Epinephelus analogus, Spotted cabrilla, Spotted grouper

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

body & fins tan + many small brown spots
D: X, 16-18

Epinephelus analogus Gill, 1863

Spotted cabrilla, Spotted grouper

Elongate, robust; gill rakers 26-28; rear margin of preopercle serrate, the lower limb smooth; dorsal fin X, 16-18; anal rays III, 8; pectoral rays 19-20; flank scales rough, with many small accessory scales; 53-69 lateral line scales.

Head and body tan to grey, with many small red- brown spots, pupil-sized on body, smaller on head and fins; four broad indistinct dark bars on upper half of side, extending onto dorsal fin. Juvenile with spots relatively larger, stronger bars.

A good-eating fish reported to reach 114 cm and 22.3 Kg.

Inhabits rocky reefs; also lives in shallow estuaries.

To at least 107 m depth.

Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru, Galapagos, Cocos, Malpelo and the Revillagigedos.

High Resolution Map Download

Species Data Create Report Export as Word File Export as Excel File
  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Rocks
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 114
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 107