Cephalopholis miniata (Valenciennes, 1828)
Cephalopholis miniata (Valenciennes, 1828)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Cephalopholis miniata

English Name: Coral hind

Creole Name: Vyey Zannannan

French Name: Vieille etoiles bleues

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 14-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8-9.

The maxilla extends to or posterior to rear of the orbit.

Body bright orange-red to dark red, becoming darker posteriorly, with numerous, usually dark-edged, bright blue spots on head, body and median (non-paired) fins. 
Juveniles are more yellowish with faint pale blue spots. Soft dorsal, caudal and anal fins often have a narrow blue margin and blackish submarginal line. 


Maturity: Lm ?, range 26 - ? cm. Max length : 50.0 cm TL

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits clear waters on coral reefs (depth 2-150 m) more often in exposed rather than protected reef areas. Feeds on small fish and crustaceans. Forms haremic groups 
comprising of a dominant male and 2 to 12 females that occupy territories of up to 475 m2 the females defending smaller territories within that area.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the hand line and fish trap fishery. It is a frequent but not abundant component of the catch.  





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Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Cephalopholis miniata, Coral hind. Seychelles Seatizens. www.seatizens.sc. https://seatizens.sc/species/cephalopholis-miniata-valenciennes-1828/ (edited 24/07/22).

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