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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.