Cephalopholis sonnerati (Valenciennes, 1828)
Cephalopholis sonnerati (Valenciennes, 1828)

Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Cephalopholis sonnerati

English Name: Tomato hind

Creole Name: Msye Angar

French Name: Merou plate grise

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 14-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 9.

Body and head ranges from a bright orange-red to dark reddish-brown, often with scattered small whitish blotches. Orange red spots on the head. Membrane between lower 2 opercular spines usually darker than rest of head. The pectoral fins are orange distally and the membranes of soft dorsal, caudal anal and pelvic fins are dusky. Caudal fin rounded.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range female 28-? cm, male 34-? cm. Max length : 57.0 cm TL 

Habitat and Ecology:

Occur in deep lagoon reefs and steep outer reef slopes in depths up to 100m. Juveniles are often found near sponges or coral heads. Feeds on fish and crustacea.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught primarily in the hand line fishery, and is relatively component of the catch and one of the most common serranids in the catch. 


The name Msye Angar is also used for the similar C. nigripinnis that the fishers do not distinguish as a separate species.


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Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Eds. 2018. FishBase. https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Cephalopholis-sonnerati.html (06/11/18).

Nevill, J. (2013). A Species Identification Guide for Commonly Caught Fish in the Seychelles Near-Shore Artisanal Fishery. GOS/UNDP/GEF.

Sadovy, Y. & Leung Lap Boon, B. 2018. Cephalopholis sonneratiThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species2018: e.T132757A100457871. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T132757A100457871.en. (02/01/19).


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