Leopard hind
  • Cephalopholis leopardus
  • English Name : Leopard hind
  • Local Name : Raiy thiki faana
    • Size : Max. 20 cm
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  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 13-15 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 9-10 rays. Pectoral fin with 16-18 rays. Body depth 2.5-2.8 in standard length. Maxilla reaches well past eyes. Preopercle rounded. Pelvic fins usually not reaching anus. Caudal and anal fins rounded.
  • Colour: Reddish-brown, pale below. Body with numerous orange spots. Two dark spots on upper caudal peduncle, the anterior one largest. Diagonal dark streaks on caudal fin, the upper one more distinct.
  • Habitat and Biology: Common on well-developed coral reefs, at depths of 3-38 m. Feeds on crustaceans. Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Cephalopholis leopardus is a common inhabitant of upper reef slopes. However, because of its small size, mottled colouration and secretive habits, it is not noticed very often by divers.