Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Serranidae  
 Genus Epinephelus  
  Epinephelus hexagonatus  (Forster, 1801) 
Provider: Chen, Jeng-Ping 
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Synonyms:Epinephalus hexagonatusEpinephelus hexagonathusEpinephelus stellansHolocentrus hexagonatusSerranus hexagonatusSerranus parkinsoniiSerranus stellans  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)
Character: Dorsal fin with XI spines and 15 to 17 rays, the fifth to ninth spines subequal (their length contained 2.5 to 2.8 times in head length) and slightly shorter than longest rays, the interspinous membranes incised; anal fin with III spines and 8 rays, the second spine contained 2.1 to 2.5 times in head length, distinctly longer than third spine or depth of peduncle; pectoral-fin rays 17 to 19; pectoral-fin length contained 1.6 to 1.9 times in head length; pelvic fins not reaching past anus, their length contained 1.8 to 2.1 times in head length; caudal fin rounded. Lateral-body scales ctenoid, with auxiliary scales; lateral-line scales 61 to 70; ateral-scale series 93 to 114. 
Habitat: Common in exposed outer-reef areas in relatively shallow water. Well-camouflaged grouper, solitary. Feeds mainly on fishes and crustaceans (stomatopods and brachyuran crabs). 
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: none have been taken on the African coast, except for the specimen recorded by Randall and Heemstra 1991 from Kenyan coast north of Kilifi Creek. It is an insular species found in most tropical Indo-Pacific islands. Absent in the Red Se 
Utility: Probably of some important as a food in artisanal fisheries because of its abundance at most island. 
Name Code: 382542
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