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Queensland Groper, Bar Rockcod and the Estuary Cod.
Adult Black Rockcod can grow to 2 m in length and at least 80 kg in weight, but it is more common to see smaller fish (up to 1m/30kg).
The species is found in warm temperate and subtropical parts of the south-western Pacific. In NSW, it occurs along the coast, including Lord Howe Island.
Did you know?
The Black Rockcod is a protogynous hermaphrodite. It starts as a female and changes to a male at around 100–110 cm in length and 30 years of age!
The Black Rockcod is a territorial species that inhabits caves, gutters and crevices. They are usually found in depths up to 50 m, although individuals have been collected from below 100 m. Juveniles are found inshore, often in coastal rockpools and estuaries.
Black Rockcod populations have been significantly reduced over time due to a number of factors including