Comet grouper

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Comet grouper
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Serranidae
Genus: Epinephelus
Species: E. morrhua
Binomial name
Epinephelus morrhua
Valenciennes, 1833

The comet grouper (Epinephelus morrhua) is a species of deepwater fish in the family Serranidae. It is found in the Indo-Pacific region. Other common names include comet cod, banded-cheek reef-cod, contour rockcod, and blue groper.[1]

This species is found near coral reefs at depths from 80 to 370 m (260 to 1,210 ft) and is not migratory. It is sometimes confused with its relatives E. poecilonotus, E. radiatus, and E. tuamotoensis. Although it is reported to be a gamefish, it is not commonly seen in markets. It has also been associated with ciguatera poisoning.[2]

This fish reaches up to a meter long and 10 kilograms in weight.[1]

This species harbours several parasite species, including the diplectanid monogeneans Pseudorhabdosynochus morrhua and P. variabilis.


  1. ^ a b c Kulbicki, M. & Yeeting, B. 2008. Epinephelus morrhua. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Epinephelus morrhua" in FishBase. 5 2006 version.

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