Family: Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) , subfamily: Epinephelinae
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Broomtail grouper
Max. size: 150 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 5222); max. published weight: 91.0 kg (Ref. 2850)
Environment: demersal; brackish; marine ; depth range - 60 m
Climate:subtropical; 35°N - 10°S
Importance: fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
Distribution: Eastern Central Pacific: San Francisco Bay, California, USA to Peru and the Galapagos Islands.
Biology: Occurs from mangrove area to over hard bottom of the continental shelf and the slope (Ref. 11035). According to Thomson et al. (1979, Ref. 6852), this species prefers mangrove estuaries. Adults and juveniles occur in shallow water with adults found to depths of 60 m.