Peacock hind
  • Cephalopholis argus
  • English Name : Peacock hind
  • Local Name : Mas faana
  • Size : Common to 35 cm; max. 52 cm
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  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 15-17 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 9 rays. Pectoral fin with 16-18 rays. Body depth 2.7-3.2 in standard length. Oblong, somewhat compressed body, 17-19 gill rakers on the lower limb. Auxiliary scales present on body. Dorsal rays and anal rays longer than their adjacent spines. Pelvic fin shorter than half head length.
  • Colour: Body, head and fins dark brown. About 5-6 pale vertical bars occur on sides. Entire body including the fins spotted with black-edged blue spots. Fins dark.
  • Habitat and Biology: Demersal, found in lagoons and on coral reefs to depths of 40 m. Occurs singly or in pairs, typically hides under coral ledges or in rocky crevices. Feeds primarily on fishes.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Cephalopholis argus is the most common and widespread species of the genus. Juveniles are sometime exported as aquarium fish. Considered as an excellent food fish.