Cephalopholis sexmaculata (Ruppell, 1830)
Cephalopholis sexmaculata (Ruppell, 1830)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Cephalopholis sexmaculata

English Name: Sixblotch hind

Creole Name:

French Name: Vielle six taches

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


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

Body orange red with small blue spots. Spots more densely spaced on the head and median fins. Head with elongated blue spots and lines. Maxilla reaches past eye.  Six brown 
saddles/bars, four on body and two on peduncle, on side with pale areas in between. Rounded caudal fin.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range 25 cm - ? TL. Max length : 67 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Found in coastal and outer reefs, usually along deep walls with caves, with heavy invertebrate growth such as large sponges or soft corals (depth 6-150 m). Active nocturnally 
in shallow water and diurnally in deeper water. Solitary or in small groups. Feeds mainly upon fish. 

Fishery Status:

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





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Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Cephalopholis sexmaculata, Sixblotch hind. Seychelles Seatizens. www.seatizens.sc. https://seatizens.sc/species/cephalopholis-sexmaculata-ruppell-1830/ (edited 24/07/22).  

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