IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: coney (English), hind (English), baqueta (Espanol), mero (Espanol)
Epinephelus acanthistius (Gilbert, 1892)

Gulf coney,     Rose coney,     Rooster hind

Body deep, robust; gill rakers 25-27; dorsal rays IX, 17; membranes of dorsal spines deeply notched, larger specimens with elevated 2nd  to 4th dorsal spines; anal rays III, 9; pectorals 18-19; flank scales rough; 61-64 scales on lateral line.

Adult:  rosy red (sometimes with brownish tinge); fins grading to dark brownish; a thin dark brown band above side of top jaw; Juvenile dark brown, with irregular blue spots on body, which form vertical lines at the rear of the body; several blue lines running from eye back and down across operculum; black moustache above top jaw. 

Maximum size, to at least 130 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs and nearby sand patches.

Usually below 12 m and ranging to at least 111 m; juveniles can be in shallow water.

Southern Baja through the Gulf of California to Peru.


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