It is the type species of the genus Epimetheus. The blacktop grouper has a body which has a standard length which is around 2.8 to 3.3 times its depth.
The area between the yes is flat but the dorsal profile of the head is convex. The rounded properly has a finely serrated rear margin with he the lowest serrations slightly enlarged.
The upper edge of the gill cover is straight. The dorsal fin contains 11 spines and 15-17 soft rays while the anal fin has 3 spines and 8 soft rays.
The color is variable and ranges from pale greenish gray to pale reddish yellow to scarlet. They frequently have 5 or 6 faint dark bars, the final one being on the caudal peduncle.
The scales on the upper body have a pale center and dark rear margin, which creates am indistinct checked pattern. The outer membrane of the spiny part of the dorsal fin is black, or dark red in specimens from Western Australia and some from deep water.
There is a pale yellow or white spot to the rear of the tip of each of the dorsal fin spines. This species attains a maximum total length of 40 centimeters (16 in), although a more common length is around 22 centimeters (8.7 in), and a weight of 2.0 kilograms (4.4 lb).
This species may present simultaneous Hermaphroditus in smaller individuals, while the large individuals usually lose female function. Blacktop groupers are host of several parasites, including Pseudorhabdosynochus SPP.
The filmstrip nematode Philomath fascia ti is parasitic in the ovary of female fish; the adult female parasite is a red worm which can reach up to 40 centimeters in length, for a diameter of only 1.6 millimeter; the males are tiny. Raphidascaris (Ichthyascaris) fascia ti is a nematode parasitic in the intestine, 20 mm in length, described in 2020 and named after the fish.
An annotated and illustrated catalog of the grouper, rock cod, hind, coral grouper and lyre tail species known to date (PDF). Coral reef guide; Red Sea.
“Species of Pseudorhabdosynochus Yamagata, 1958 (Monotone: Diplectanidae) from Epimetheus fascists and E. Terra (Performed: Serranidae) off New Caledonia and other parts of the Indo-Pacific Ocean, with a comparison of measurements of specimens prepared using different methods, and a description of P. Caledonia n. SP”. “Photometries (Nematode: Philometridae) in paranoid and serrated fishes off New Caledonia, including three new species”.
“New records of animated nematodes from marine fishes off New Caledonia, with descriptions of five new species of Raphidascaris (Ichthyascaris) (Nematode, Anisakidae)”. ^ Scholar, W. N.; Cricket, R. & van der Loan, R.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Epimetheus fascists. Groupers belong to one of the largest and most widely distributed families of fish, the sea basses.
The taste of most groupers is similar, with slight differences in flavor and texture, depending on size, species and location of harvest. Cooked, the white meat has a very firm texture and heavy flake and remains moist.
In the South, blackened grouper is a favorite preparation, but this versatile fish can be fried, grilled, skewered or used in chowders and soups. Larger whole grouper can be roasted, and large fillets should be butterflied before grilling because of their thickness.
Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Performed Family: Serranidae Subfamily: Epinephrine Genus: Epimetheus Species: Binomial name Epimetheus Epictetus Synonyms Serra nus Epictetus Terminal & Schlemiel, 1842 Serra nus praeopercularis Bollinger, 1888 Epimetheus praeopercularis (Bollinger, 1888) Epimetheus stigmogrammacus C.T. This species is found in the Indo-Pacific where its distribution ranges form the Red Sea to Australia and Japan.
The dorsal profile of the head is a little convex as is the area between the eyes. The dorsal fin contains 11 spines and 14-15 soft rays while the anal fin has 3 spines and 8 soft rays.
This grouper has a pale brown to greenish-grey body marked with irregular lines of small dark spots on the flanks and upper body. In some individuals there is a wide dark band running from the eye to the gill cover and two thinner bands running obliquely over the cheek.
This species has a maximum total length of 80 centimeters (31 in), although around 70 centimeters (28 in) is more common, and a maximum weight of 7.0 kilograms (15.4 lb). It has a discontinuous distribution which extends from the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the coast of East Africa off Eritrea, Kenya, Zanzibar and off southern Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal as well as northwestern Madagascar.
In Asia, it is found in the Persian Gulf, off India, Indonesia, the South China Sea and southern Japan. In the Pacific it occurs off Papua New Guinea and Australia, although it is absent from the Philippines.
The dotted grouper prefers deeper waters at depths of 71 to 290 meters (233 to 951 ft) and is found over rocky and sandy substrates. The dotted grouper is fished for by artisanal and commercial fisheries in Asia.
Dotted groupers are plentiful in the waters off the coast of Aloguinsan, Cebu. The town's economy, which heavily revolves around fishing, is dependent on most of its catch from the dotted grouper.
The town itself was named after the local term of the fish, which the natives thought was the head of the dotted grouper or USO SA Kinsman that the Spaniards were referring to, upon which the Spaniards identified the kingdom as “Aloguinsan”. As a form of thanksgiving for the abundance of the said grouper fish and as a movement for eco-tourism, the town established a festival named after the dotted grouper.
It is celebrated on the feast of the town's patron saint, St. Raphael the Archangel, on the 29th of September, in line with the Feast of the Archangels. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
An annotated and illustrated catalog of the grouper, rock cod, hind, coral grouper and lyre tail species known to date (PDF). “First record of the dotted grouper Epimetheus Epictetus (Terminal & Schlemiel, 1843) (Performed, Serranidae) in Malaysia”.
^ Scholar, W. N.; R. Cricket & R. van der Loan (eds.). “ Groupers belong to one of the largest and most widely distributed families of fish, the sea basses.
French Name: German Name:Spanish Name:Introduction:Groupers belong to one of the largest and most widely distributed families of fish, the sea basses. Some processors call gag “the grouper of choice,” since it offers better yield and firmer meat.
Product Profile:Groupers have a mild but distinct flavor, somewhere between bass and halibut. The taste of most groupers is similar, with slight differences in flavor and texture, depending on size, species and location of harvest.
Cooked, the white meat has a very firm texture and heavy flake and remains moist. Cooking Tips:In the South, blackened grouper is a favorite preparation, but this versatile fish can be fried, grilled, skewered or used in chowders and soups.