Description, classification, synonyms, distribution map and images of Epinephelus guttatus – Red hind. Learn more about the Red hind – with amazing Red hind photos and facts on Arkive. Epinephelus guttatus. A member of the Grouper/Sea bass family, the Red hind is one of my favorite fish. They will watch you intently. If you get to close they will.

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The most common species of Epinephelus in the West Indies. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Scales cycloid except for a ctenoid patch of variable size in the pectoral region. Greenish gray to light brown on the back grading to white ventrally, with numerous well-spaced dull orange-red to brown spots on the head, body and fins.

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Five faint diagonal bars formed by darker spots on the sides. No gutatus blotch on caudal peduncle or along base of dorsal fin Ref. Usually solitary and territorial.


Feed mainly on crabs Calapa and Mithrax and other crustaceans alpheid shrimps and scyllarid lobstersfishes labrids and haemulidsand octopus. Some undergo sexual inversion at 28 cm TL; most fish larger than 40 cm are males.

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Important in terms of numbers caught and total weight of landings in the Caribbean. Easily approached guttattus divers Ref. Excellent food fish Ref. Readily caught on hook and line and easily speared Ref.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity Reproduction Spawning Eggs Fecundity Larvae Females rest on or close to the bottom, while males patrol around an area that consists of 1 gugtatus 5 females and defend this territory from other males. Form aggregation and reproduce almost exclusively within the aggregation period Ref.

Marine Species Identification Portal : Red hind – Epinephelus guttatus

Main reference Upload your references References Coordinator: Groupers of the world family Serranidae, subfamily Epinephelinae. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the grouper, rockcod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date.


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Estimates of some properties based on models Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Medium, minimum population doubling time 1. High vulnerability 61 of Marine; reef-associated; oceanodromous Ref. Found in shallow reefs and rocky bottoms.

Females rest on or close to the bottom, while males patrol around an area that consists of 1 to 5 females and defend this territory from other males. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Summary page Point data Common names Photos.

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