|Scientific Name:||Epinephelus analogus|
|Species Authority:||Gill, 1863|
Epinephelus analogus Gill, 1863
Serranus courtadei Boucourt, 1868
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Rocha, L., Ferreira, B., Choat, J.H., Craig, M. & Sadovy, Y.|
|Reviewer(s):||Sadovy, Y. & Moss, K. (Grouper and Wrasse Red List Authority)|
Epinephelus analogus is a widespread, abundant species that is apparently not in decline. Therefore, the species is currently assessed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||Epinephelus analogus occurs in the eastern Pacific from southern California (USA) to Peru, including the Revillagigedo, Clipperton, and Galápagos islands.|
Native:Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
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Epinephelus analogus is common throughout its range and the most abundant small grouper in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico.
There is a reported 18 to 20 tonnes of annual landings of Epinephelus analogus in Ecuador and the population appears stable.
|Habitat and Ecology:||Epinephelus analogus is reef-associated, being abundant in patch and rocky reefs where it is readily caught by anglers. Spotted groupers feed mainly on crustaceans and fishes on rocky and sandy bottoms. During winter, individuals move closer to the shore and feeds heavily on swarms of pelagic red crab Pleuroncodes planipes.|
|Major Threat(s):||Epinephelus analogus is sought by commercial and recreational fisheries, yet is an abundant species that is not currently threatened by overfishing.|
|Conservation Actions:||Spotted grouper are present in several protected areas throughout its range.|
|Citation:||Rocha, L., Ferreira, B., Choat, J.H., Craig, M. & Sadovy, Y. 2008. Epinephelus analogus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.|
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