Primefact: Black Rockcod


The Black Rockcod, also known as Black Cod or Black-Saddled Rockcod, is a large, reef-dwelling species belonging to the grouper family, which is found in warm temperate and subtropical parts of the south-western Pacific.

Large Black Rockcod are slow moving, territorial and curious. In addition to those characteristics, they are slow growing and have a relatively long life span making them particularly susceptible to population decline.

Over the last two centuries, populations of Black Rockcod have been greatly reduced due to overharvesting.

This illustrated Primefact includes information on:

  • Description of the Black Rockcod
  • Identifying features
  • Habitat and ecology
  • Why is the Black Rockcod threatened?
  • Conservation and recovery actions
  • Bibliography and further reading
  • Legal implications
  • Further information


Primefact 189 Second Edition

Published: Jun 2015