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Chromileptes altivelis

Chromileptes altivelis, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Ordo: Perciformes
Subordo: Percoidei
Superfamilia: Percoidea
Familia: Serranidae
Subfamilia: Epinephelinae
Genus: Chromileptes
Species: Chromileptes altivelis


Chromileptes altivelis (Valenciennes, 1828)


* IUCN link: Chromileptes altivelis (Valenciennes, 1828) (Vulnerable)

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Pantherfisch
English: Humpback grouper, Barramundi Cod
Polski: Strzępiel panterka


The Humpback Grouper or Panther Grouper (Chromileptes altivelis), in Australia more commonly known as the Barramundi Cod, is a species of fish in the Serranidae family. It is found in Australia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Pitcairn, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, possibly Mozambique, and possibly Vanuatu. Its natural habitats are coral reefs and coastal saline lagoons. It is threatened by habitat loss.

In the Aquarium

The Panther Grouper is commonly kept in marine aquariums. Great care must be taken when purchasing this fish as it will reach a size of 50 cm (20 inches) and is a very fast growing fish. As this fish is typically sold while only a couple inches in length, it is often purchased while small only to outgrow the aquarium within months. Its large adult size and fast growth rate means it should only be kept in a 300 gallon aquarium or larger. It also must not be kept with fish such as damselfish which will be almost certainly eaten.

If kept in the proper conditions this is a very hardy, and long-lived fish.


* liveaquaria.com Page on Panther Grouper
* Samoilys, M. & Pollard, D. 2000. Chromileptes altivelis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 4 August 2007.

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