Garish Hind, Cephalopholis igarashiensis Katayama 1957

Other Names: Deepwater Neptune Grouper, Goldbar Grouper, Japanese Cod, Neptune Grouper

A Garish Hind, Cephalopholis igarashiensis, in an aquarium. Source: Robert Fenner / Wet Web Media License: All rights reserved

A reddish-orange grouper with broad yellow bars on upper sides extending onto dorsal fin, and broad yellow irregular bands on head. Juveniles are more yellow becoming dark below, with several white bars on the body, a large black ocellus on the soft dorsal-fin base, blackish pelvic fins, and a black area on the anal-fin base.

Video of Cephalopholis igarashiensis and Richard Pyle catching the shrimps (Plesionika cf. flavicauda) that typically associate with the Garish Hindat ~130 m at Pohnpei Island, FSM 28th July 2015. 

Video of a juvenile Garish Hind in an aquarium.

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Garish Hind, Cephalopholis igarashiensis Katayama 1957

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Recorded in Australia from Scott Reef, WA to the Arafura Sea, NT; also Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific. Inhabits deep reefs on steep drop-offs, seamounts and offshore banks.


Dorsal fin IX, 14 rays, fin membranes distinctly indented between the spines, Anal fin III, 9; Pectoral fin 18-19, fin length 1.6-1.8 in HL; Pelvic fins reaching to or beyond anus, length 1.7-2.0 in HL; caudal fin rounded; Lateral-line scales 60 to 65; Lateral-scale series 101-117, lateral line noticeably arched over pectoral fin. Body scales ctenoid, without auxiliaries.


Head, body & fins reddish orange; 7 lemon-yellow bars on upper part of body, extending onto dorsal fin; three broad yellow bands radiating from eye; juveniles more yellowish, with a large black spot on upper body and soft dorsal fin, pelvic fins and spinous dorsal fin tips blackish.


Feeds on fishes and crustaceans.


Taken by sports fishers and in subsistence fisheries in parts of its range.

Species Citation

Cephalopholis igarashiensis Katayama, 1957, Japan. J. Ichthyol. 6: 156, fig. 3.Type locality: Sumisu-tu, Izu Islands, Japan. 


Bray, D.J. 2016

Garish Hind, Cephalopholis igarashiensis Katayama 1957


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311193

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:80-250 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:43 cm TL

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