Lepidoperca is a small genus of fish belonging to the Anthiinae subfamily. It includes ten species.

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Lepidoperca inornata
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Lepidoperca coatsii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Serranidae
Subfamily: Anthiinae
Genus: Lepidoperca
Regan, 1914
Type species
Lepidoperca inornata
Regan, 1914

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Lepidoperca was first established by the British ichthyologist Charles Tate Regan in 1914.[1] It is classified under the subfamily Anthiinae of the family Serranidae.[2]


Members of Lepidoperca have moderately compressed oblong or ovate bodies. They have large eyes, with diameters longer than the distance between both eyes. The dorsal fin has ten spines and 15 to 17 soft rays. The margin has a slight notch just before it transitions into the soft-rayed portion. The anal fin has three spines and 7 to 9 soft rays. The pectoral fins have 15 to 17 soft rays, with all the rays branched except for the uppermost two. The caudal fin is truncate to lunate in shape with 15 soft rays. Both the upper and lower jaws have a pair of forward-facing canines. Vomerine teeth exist in a V-shaped patch. The tongue is smooth. The scales are large and ctenoid.[3]

Lepidoperca is closely related to the genus Caesioperca, but differ from the latter in the smaller number of rays from the dorsal and anal fins, larger eyes, and their V-shaped vomerine teeth patch (in contrast to the pentagon-shaped patch of Caesioperca).[3]


The following species are classified under Lepidoperca:[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Charles Tate Regan (1914). "Diagnoses of new marine fishes collected by the British Antarctic ('Terra Nova') Expedition". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 13 (73): 11–17. doi:10.1080/00222931408693450.
  2. ^ a b Nicolas Bailly (2013). Bailly N (ed.). "Lepidoperca". FishBase. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Masao Katayama & Eiichi Fujii (1982). "Two new species of the anthiine genus Lepidoperca from Australia and New Zealand" (PDF). Japanese Journal of Ichthyology. 29 (3): 241–252.
  4. ^ Clive D. Roberts (1987). "A New Species of Lepidoperca (Serranidae)" (PDF). Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria. 48 (1): 83–84. doi:10.24199/j.mmv.1987.48.19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-25.

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