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The Basses Called Hinds, Genus Cephalopholis, part II

part I, part III

 

By Bob Fenner

 

Cephalopholis formosa (Shaw & Nodder 1812), the Bluelined Hind.  Indo-west Pacific. To thirteen inches in length. Often misidentified in the pet fish literature and sold as C. boenak (nee boenack). Shy at first and scrappy with other similar-appearing fishes. Images: Aquarium and Andaman Sea.

Cephalopholis fulva (Linnaeus 1758), the Coney. Tropical west Atlantic. To sixteen inches long in the wild, usually less than half that in captivity. A hardy aquarium species that comes in three distinct color variations: Overall red  (at right in the Turks) or red above, white below; Brown or Brown above, white below, and Overall Yellow (xanthic), and changes between these variations. Three of these color morphs all pictured below:

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Cephalopholis hemistiktos (Ruppell 1830), the Yellowfin or Half-Spotted Hind. Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to Pakistan. To fourteen inches overall. Brown to Red in color. A handsome, reclusive species. Pictured, a juvenile (6 inch) and adult (1 foot) in the Red Sea. The latter, a deeper water, redder individual.

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Cephalopholis igashiensis Katayama 1957, the Garish Hind.  E. to Mid-Pacific; deeper water... usually 80 plus meters. To 16 inches in the wild. An expensive, gorgeous species. Juvenile of five inches at right, a ten incher below.
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Cephalopholis leopardus Lacepede 1801, the Leopard Hind. Indo-Pacific. To a mere seven inches in length. One at an L.A. wholesalers, another in S. Sulawesi. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Country/Country SpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Indonesia&Genus= Cephalopholis&Species=leopardus

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part I, part III

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