Epinephelus analogus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Epinephelidae

Scientific Name: Epinephelus analogus Gill, 1863
Common Name(s):
English Spotted Grouper, Spotted Cabrilla
French Merou Cabrilla, Merou Marbre
Spanish Cabrilla, Cabrilla Pinta, Guato, Mero, Mero Moteado, Mero Orillero, Mero Pintado, Murique Moteado
Serranus courtadei Boucourt, 1868

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Epinephelus analogus occurs in the eastern Pacific from southern California (USA) to Peru, including the Revillagigedo, Clipperton, and Gal├ípagos islands.
Countries occurrence:
Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Epinephelus analogus is common throughout its range and the most abundant small grouper in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico.

Fisheries-dependent data
There is a reported 18 to 20 tonnes of annual landings of Epinephelus analogus in Ecuador and the population appears stable.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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.

Threats [top]

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 [top]

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 2008: e.T132744A3439097. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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