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Life Science Identifier (LSID):

urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:55c3519a-033c-44c2-aa09-763fc56f2337

LSIDs are persistent, location-independent,resource identifiers for uniquely naming biologically significant resources including species names, concepts, occurrences, genes or proteins, or data objects that encode information about them. To put it simply, LSIDs are a way to identify and locate pieces of biological information on the web.

Data Links

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WMS

To use WMS services, copy and paste the following GetCapabilities URL into your OGC client (e.g. uDIG, ESRI ArcGIS)
http://biocache.ala.org.au/ws/ogc/ows?q=species:Achoerodus viridis
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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats

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    Source: Australian National Fish Collection Images
    Image by: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO
    Rights: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. Image enhanced during FRDC project

Description

One of the largest and most easily recognised fishes resident on rocky reefs in south-eastern Australia. Juveniles and females are a grey to green colour, often with pale blotches on the side and back, and males are a distinct blue colour.

One of the largest and most easily recognised fishes resident on rocky reefs in south-eastern Australia. ... source: Reef Life Survey

The Eastern Blue Groper is found along most of the eastern Australian coastline in a wide range of reef habitats from Hervey Bay in southern Queensland to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. It was made the NSW fish emblem in 1996. Despite the common name these fish are wrasse, not true gropers. source: Marine Education Society of Australasia

The thick bodied blue gropers have peg teeth, heavy scales, a large tail and thick lips. Juveniles are brown to green brown. Adult females are brown to reddish-brown. Each scale may have a darker red spot. The adult males have the bright blue colouring that give the fish their name. The blue can range from deep navy to cobalt blue, and there may also be darker or yellow-orange spots or lines around the eyes.... source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Australian Museum Factsheets
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat
Citizen Science
Authoritative image, Images, Occurrence record
Encyclopedia of Life
Description, Video Page Url
Flickr EOL
Images, Occurrence record
Marine Education Society of Australasia
Description
OZ Animals
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat, Diet
Reef Life Survey
Description, Distribution, Habitat, Diet, Threats
Reef Life Survey Images
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Seafood Services Australia
CAAB Code, Author

Species Lists

State emblems
Emblem type: marine
State: New South Wales
RLS profile v3
Abundance: 2.813
Behaviour: Large males are site-attached, inquisitive and often become tame at frequently dived sites. Although they should be considered harmless, there have been records of biting divers' hands, likely related to being fed by divers.
Commercial_Uses: Subject to intense spearfishing prior to 1970, but now protected from spearfishing and commercial fishing in NSW.
Common_Name: Eastern blue groper;
Depth: 0-40 m
Description: One of the largest and most easily recognised fishes resident on rocky reefs in south-eastern Australia. Juveniles and females are a grey to green colour, often with pale blotches on the side and back, and males are a distinct blue colour.
Diet: Benthic invertebrates
Distribution: Central and southern east coast of Australia.
Frequency: 35.967
Habitat: Rocky reef
IUCN_Threat_status: Near Threatened
Invasive: Not known to be invasive
Life_History: Protogynous hermaphrodite; females change to males at approximately 500 mm. Maximum age approximately 35 years.
Max_size: 1 m
Range: 212.689
Threats: Recreational and commercial fishing
similar_species: Similar to Achoerodus gouldii. Primarily distinguished by distribution, with A. gouldii only found west of central Victoria, although the two species potentially overlap in this area. A. viridis females and juveniles are lighter green-brown with pale blotches on the side and scribbles around the eye, whereas A. gouldii females and juveniles are uniform green.

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Achoerodus viridis

Synonyms

Synonyms Source
Heterochoerops viridis Steindachner, 1866 Steindachner, 1866
Published in: Steindachner, F. 1866. Über die Fische von Port Jackson in Australien. Anz. K. Akad. Wiss. Math.-Naturwiss Kl. Vol. 3 (7) pp. 50-55
Trochocopus unicolor Günther, 1876 Günther, 1876
Published in: Günther, A. 1876. Remarks on fishes, with descriptions of new species in the British Museum, chiefly from southern seas. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. Ser. 4 Vol. 17 (43) pp. 389-402
Platychoerops badius Ogilby, 1893 Ogilby, 1893
Published in: Ogilby, J.D. 1893. Edible Fishes and Crustaceans of New South Wales Sydney : Government Printer pp. 212 pp. 51 pls

Common Names

Common name Source
Eastern Blue Groper
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Blue Groper
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Brown Groper
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Eastern Blue Wrasse
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Giant Pig-fish
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Red Groper
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Giant Pigfish
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Wrasse
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Working classification

kingdom
ANIMALIA
phylum
CHORDATA
subphylum
VERTEBRATA
suprageneric
GNATHOSTOMATA
suprageneric
PISCES
class
ACTINOPTERYGII
subphylum
EUTELEOSTEI
superorder
ACANTHOPTERYGII
order
PERCIFORMES
suborder
LABROIDEI
family
LABRIDAE
subfamily
Labrinae
genus
Achoerodus
species
Achoerodus viridis  Recorded in Australia

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