Red Bandfish, Cepola schlegelii Bleeker 1854

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A reddish bandfish with a whitish cheek, gill cover and pectoral-fin base.

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Red Bandfish, Cepola schlegelii Bleeker 1854

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Bernier Island, Western Australia, and north of Wessel Island, Northern Territory, and in the Gulf of Carpentaria. the species may also occur on the Northwest Shelf, Western Australia. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.


Dorsal fin 68-70; Anal fin 60-64; Pectoral fin 19; Vertebrae 16 + 53. Spines absent from margin of preoperculum, cheeks without scales.

Species Citation

Cepola schlegelii Bleeker, 1854, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederland. Indiƫ 6: 412. Type locality: Kaminoseki, Japan.


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Red Bandfish, Cepola schlegelii Bleeker 1854


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Blaber, S.J.M., Brewer, D.T. & Harris, A.N. 1994. Distribution, biomass and community structure of demersal fishes of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 45(3): 375-396. (as Acanthocepola schlegelii)

Bleeker, P. 1854. Faunae ichthyologicae japonicae species novae. Natuurwetenschappelijk Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indiƫ 6: 395-426.

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp.

Okiyama, M. 1993. An atlas of the early stage fishes in Japan. Koeltz Scientific Books, Germany. 1154 pp.

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2001. Cepolidae. pp. 3331-3332 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37380009

Depth:15-136 m

Habitat:Muddy areas

Max Size:50 cm TL

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