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Aethaloperca Fowler, 1904

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Actinopterygii - ray-finned fishes »  order Perciformes - perch-likes »  family Serranidae - sea basses and groupers

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The genus Aethaloperca is closely related to Cephalopholis and Gracila which also have IX dorsal-fin spines and several trisegmental pterygiophores in the dorsal and anal fin. Smith-Vaniz et al. (1988) discussed the relationships of these genera, and Heemstra and Randall (1993) agree with their decision to recognize Aethaloperca as a valid genus. It differs from Cephalopholis and Gracila in the configuration of the pectoral and median fins and in some cranial features (the anteriorly converging parietal crests and the well-developed median crest on the frontals that extends to the rear edge of the ethmoidal depression). Aethaloperca also differs from Gracila in the shape of the maxilla and in having a larger head and deeper body.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1993, Heemstra, P.C.; Randall, J.E., FAO species catalogue. Vol. 16. Groupers of the world (Family Serranidae, Subfamily Epinephelinae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the grouper, rock cod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date.
Author: Petr Čech

Included taxa

Number of records: 1

species Aethaloperca rogaa (Forsskål, 1775) - Red-flushed Cod

Aethaloperca rogaa - 0000000001 1

Links and literature

CZ AQUATAB. World Wide Web electronic publication [genus/85]

Plíštil J. (Ed.) (2009): AQUATAB. World Wide Web electronic publication [] [as Aethaloperca Fowler, 1904]
Data retrieved on: 17 January 2010

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