Bluelined Rockcod, Cephalopholis formosa (Shaw & Nodder 1812)

Other Names: Bluelined Hind, Blue-lined Rockcod, Blue-lined Rock-cod

A Bluelined Rockcod, Cephalopholis formosa, at Pulau Paya Island, Peninsula Malaysia. Source: William T. White. License: All rights reserved

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Bluelined Rockcod, Cephalopholis formosa (Shaw & Nodder 1812)

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Recorded in Australia from the North West Shelf, Western Australia. There are unconfirmed records from the Great Barrier Reef that may be misidentifications of Cephalopholis boenak. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.

Species Citation

Sciaena formosa Shaw & Nodder, 1812, The Naturalist's Miscellany: pl. 1007. Type locality: Vizagapatam, India.


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Bluelined Rockcod, Cephalopholis formosa (Shaw & Nodder 1812)


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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Heemstra, P.C. & Randall, J.E. 1993. Groupers of the World (Family Serranidae, Subfamily Epinephelinae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of grouper, rockcod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 16. Rome: FAO. pp. 1-382.

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Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

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Shaw, G. & Nodder, F.P. 1812. The Naturalist's Miscellany, or coloured figures of natural objects; drawn and described from nature. London Vol. 23 pls 997–1020, unnumbered pages.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311137

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:34 cm TL

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