Epinephelus radiatus   (Day,  1868) (Fish)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Serranidae

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Description
Size: 70 cm.

Weight: 5 -10 kg.

Color: Light brownish grey, the body with 4 irregular, dark-edged bands running downward and forward, the 2 in the middle bifurcating in about centre of body (the first 3 bands originating from the dorsal fin while the last one on the caudal peduncle); an irregular dark-edged band extending posteriorly from eye, soon bifurcating, the lower part continuing to opercle and the upper extending onto nape; 2 narrow oblique dark brown bands on cheek; body, dorsal fin and base of anal fin with scattered dark brown dots; remaining fins unmarked. Adults with bands on dorsal part of head and body being replaced by small dark spots extending onto dorsal and caudal fins.

It is an oblong, robust fish with a moderately compressed body. Body depth contained 2.5 to 3.0 times in standard length. Preopercle serrate, with 3 to 5 enlarged serrae at the angle; sides of lower jaw with 2 rows of teeth; lower gillrakers 16 to 18. Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 14 or 15 (usually 15) soft rays; interspinous membranes of dorsal fin deeply incised; anal fin with 3 spines and 8 soft rays; margin of anal fin rounded; pectoral rays 17 or 18; caudal fin slightly to moderately rounded. Pored lateral line scales 57 to 66; lateral scale series 110 to 120. The scales are ctenoid.

Protogynous, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.


Synonym (s)
Epinephelus doderleinii Franz, 1910
(misspelling)
Epinephelus doederleinii Franz, 1910
Epinephelus radians (Day, 1868)
(misspelling)
Serranus radiatus Day, 1868

Common Name (s)
• Obliquebanded Grouper (English)
• Oblique-Banded Grouper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen)

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Demersal, Rocky
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Crabs and shrimps
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 12.53) (Long: 92.82) INDIA
• MYANMAR
• MAURITIUS
• South Coast INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Vishakhapatnam INDIA (Record: 12/2006-03/2009)
• Kerala INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rajan, PT (2003) A field guide to marine food fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ZSI, 234/4, AJC Bose Road, 2nd MSO Building, (13th Floor), Nizam Palace, Kolkata-700 020 260 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Randall, JE and Klausewitz, W (1986) Tiefenwasser und Tiefseefische aus dem Roten Meer. 14. New records of the serranid fish Epinephelus radiatus (Day) from the Red Sea and Gulf of Oman. (Pisces: Perciformes: Serranidae) Senckenbergiana Maritima 18 229-237 Available at - ZOOR12300049916
  • Randall, JE and Klausewitz, W (1986) Tiefenwasser und Tiefseefische aus dem Roten Meer. 14. New records of the serranid fish Epinephelus radiatus (Day) from the Red Sea and Gulf of Oman. (Pisces: Perciformes: Serranidae) Senckenbergiana Maritima 18 229-237 Available at - ZOOR12300049916
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  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Sujatha, K; Rao, KVLS and Padmavathi, P (2010) Length-weight relationship of four species of Epinephelus Bloch, 1793 in the catches off Visakhapatnam, east coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Cochin 52(1) 96-98 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Bijukumar, A and Deepthi, GR (2009) Mean trophic index of fish fauna associated with trawl bycatch of Kerala, southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 51(2) 145 - 154 Available at - NIO, Goa

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