Bluespotted Rockcod, Cephalopholis cyanostigma (Kuhl & Hasselt 1828)


Other Names: Bluespot Cod, Bluespotted Hind, Blue-spotted Rockcod, Blue-spotted Rock-cod

A Bluespotted Rockcod, Cephalopholis cyanostigma, at Enderby Island, Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

Summary:
A brown to reddish-brown rockcod, covered in bluish to cream spots, and often with mottling and several pale bars on the sides. Juveniles are bluish-grey to brownish with yellow fins (except pectoral fins).

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Bluespotted Rockcod, Cephalopholis cyanostigma (Kuhl & Hasselt 1828)

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Distribution

Recorded in Australia from the Houtmans Abrolhos Islands, WA, to off Gladstone, QLD; also at Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs in the Tasman Sea. found elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits coastal reefs, in seagrass beds and amongst rich coral growth.

Species Citation

Serranus cyanostigma Valenciennes, 1828, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 2: 359. Type locality: Java.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Bluespotted Rockcod, Cephalopholis cyanostigma (Kuhl & Hasselt 1828)

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

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Allen, G.R. & Starck, W.A. 1975. Cephalopholis xanthopterus, a new species of serranid fish from Indonesia, Melanesia and the Great Barrier Reef. Records of the Western Australian Museum 3(3): 245-249 fig. 1 (as Cephalopholis xanthopterus)

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Heemstra, P.C. & Randall, J.E. 1999. Family Serranidae. pp. 2442-2548 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 2069-2790 pp.

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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37311136

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-50 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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