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  Common names: grouper (English), cabrilla (Espanol), cherna (Espanol), mero (Espanol), baqueta (Espanol)
Epinephelus niphobles Gilbert & Starks in Gilbert, 1897

Star-studded grouper,     Snowy grouper

Body robust, compressed; rear nostril vertically elongate, 2-5 times larger than front nostrils; gill rakers 23-26; dorsal rays XI, second spine longest in adult,13-15; anal rays III, 9;  63-71 lateral line scales.

Adult  uniform brown, sometimes with several rows of pale spots along body; a black line above top jaw; juvenile  chocolate brown to blackish with a grid pattern of white spots, an intense black saddle on upper half of tail base; tail fin abruptly pale; pectorals clear; pelvics and anal very dark; adults and juveniles with a dark line along margin of top jaw.

Size: reaches 121 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs and adjacent sandy bottoms.

Depth: 1-450 m.

Southern California to the Gulf of California to northern Peru, Malpelo and Galapagos.   


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