Species Details

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sixblotch hind   

Common Name: sixblotch hind
Scientific Name: Cephalopholis sexmaculata
Local Name: landaa faana
Dhivehi Name: ލަނޑާ ފާނަ
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Perciformes  (Order)
Serranidae  (Family)
Cephalopholis   (Genus)

sixblotch hind's description

Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 14-16 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 9 rays. Pectoral fin with 16-18 rays. Body depth 2.5-3.0 in standard length. Maxilla reaches to or past vertical at rear edge of orbit. Preopercle rounded, the lower edge fleshy. Pelvic fins not reaching anus. Interorbital area flat to slightly convex. Caudal and anal fins rounded. It is orange-red with many small blue spots on head, body and median fins (short blue lines may be present on head). Four squarish black blotches dorsally on body, and two more on caudal peduncle.

sixblotch hind habitat

This species inhabits coastal to outer coral reefs, usually along deep walls and caves rich with invertebrate growth such as large sponges or soft corals (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). It can also occur in the lagoon area (Sluka 2002). This is a secretive species that is active nocturnally in shallow water and diurnally in deeper water (Shpigel and Fishelson 1991). It primarily consumes fish (Heemstra and Randall 1993). Length at maturity is 25 cm (Mangi and Roberts 2006) and the maximum total length is 67 cm (Mbaru et al. 2010). Individuals up to 24 cm standard length have been aged to at least 8 years (Fry et al. 2006), and this is considered to be near sexual maturation.

sixblotch hind threats

Coral reef degradation caused by destructive fishing practices, sediment run-off and bleaching events may impact this species. Fishing pressure on groupers could cause population declines for this species in some areas. There are no known major threats impacting the species on a global-level at this time.

sixblotch hind's status