Epinephelus aeneus

Author: Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1817

Epinephelus aeneus Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1817

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Epinephelus aeneus (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1817) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body rather elongate. D X-XI + 14-16; A III + 8-9; caudal fin rounded. Scales small, embedded in thick skin, over 9O in lateral line. Colour: greenish-grey; some more or less distinct darker, double oblique bands and blackish spots on body; 2 or 3 prominent oblique stnpes on the side of the head. Size: to 115 cm SL.

Habitat: sandy and muddy bottoms at 20-200 m. Food: fishes, cephalopods and crustaceans. Reproduction: during spring (Mediterranean).

Distribution: eastern Atlantic, African and European coasts northward to British Isles, also southern Mediterranean. Elsewhere, southward to Angola.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). Chaine, 1935: 140, pl. 11-12.