- Toadstool groper
name = Toadstool groper
genus = "
species = "T. macracanthus"
binomial = "Trachypoma macracanthus"
binomial_authority = Günther, 1859The toadstool groper, "Trachypoma macracanthus", a
sea bassof the subfamily " Anthiinae" of the family " Serranidae", is found in the southwest Pacific Ocean, in eastern Australia, the Kermadec Islands, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, and offshore islands of Northlandin New Zealand. Its length is between 20 and 40 cm.
The toadstool groper is a solid-bodied species, with no gap between the two
dorsal fins the first of which is long and low and the second high and rounded. The tail is slightly . The operculum has a distinct point.
Colouration is orange-red with some paler patches and is uniformly covered on both body and fins with close-set white dots, resembling a toadstool.
It lives in crevices and caves of rocky reef areas during the day, moving out to feed during the hours of darkness.
* Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, "Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand", (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
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