Gracila albomarginata

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Gracila albomarginata
Serranidae - Gracila albomarginata.JPG
Gracila albomarginata from French Polynesia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Serranidae
Genus: Gracila
Species: G. albomarginata
Binomial name
Gracila albomarginata
(Fowler & Bean, 1930)
Synonyms
  • Aethaloperca albomarginata (Fowler & Bean, 1930)
  • Cephalopholis albomarginatus Fowler & Bean, 1930
  • Epinephelus albomarginatus (Fowler & Bean, 1930)
  • Gracilia albomarginata (Fowler & Bean, 1930)

Gracila albomarginata, the Masked Grouper, is a species of Groupers in the monotypic genus Gracila belonging to the Serranidae family.[1]

Description[edit]

Gracila albomarginata can reach a length of 40 centimetres (16 in). Body color is greenish or reddish brown to brownish grey, with several narrow curved transversal darker bars. On the caudal peduncle there is a dark brown spot. The head is crossed by 3-5 blue lines.[2]

Biology[edit]

These fishes feed mainly on fishes. They are solitary and quite uncommon.[2]

Distribution[edit]

Gracila albomarginata can be found in the Indo-Pacific, from northern Mozambique to French Polynesia and the northern Great Barrier Reef. It is not present in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.[2]

Habitat[edit]

This species prefers outer reef slopes and channels adjacent to deep water, at depths between 6 and 120 meters.[2]

References[edit]

  • Heemstra, P.C. and J.E. Randall, 1993. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 16. Groupers of the world (family Serranidae, subfamily Epinephelinae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the grouper, rockcod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date. Rome: FAO. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(16):382 p.