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

Cephalopholis sexmaculata is a reef-associated species ranging in depth from 6 to 150 m. It is found in rich coastal to outer reefs, usually along deep walls with caves, rich with invertebrate growth such as large sponges or soft corals (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). The species is also found inside the lagoon (Sluka 2002). Cephalopholis sexmaculata is a secretive species that is active nocturnally in shallow water and diurnally in deeper water (Shpigel and Fishelson 1991b).

Cephalopholis sexmaculata feeds mainly on fishes (Heemstra and Randall 1993).

Growth and maturity
Length at maturity = 24.91 cm (Mangi and Roberts 2006).
Maximum total length = 50 cm TL (Randall 1995); Linf = 220 mm SL, K =0.63 (Fry et al. 2006).
150 to 240 mm SL = 2 to 8 years (Fry et al. 2006).

sixblotch hind threats

The main threats to Cephalopholis sexmaculata are overfishing and habitat loss.

Cephalopholis sexmaculata is incidental and small-scale fishery and found in the Live Reef Fish Trade (LRFT). It is captured for food in artisinal and subsistence fisheries as juveniles (14.4 cm) in Kenya (Mangi and Roberts 2006).

Northern Marianas catch data was 120 kg/yr in 1950s and dropped to and fluctuated around 25 kg/yr from 1986 to 2002 under increasing fishing pressure (Zeller 2006).

It is commercially important in Papua New Guinea but assessed as extremely vulnerable to commercial fishing (Fry et al. 2006). It constitutes less than 1% of catch in Pohnpei (Rhodes and Tupper 2007).

sixblotch hind's status