Cephalopholis aitha

Rusty hind
Characteristic features:

Head and body reddish brown, pelvic-fin base with indistinct dark blotch.


Up to 18 cn TL.


Western Central Pacific in tropical waters.


Inshore, in protected or silty reef areas from 5 to 33 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught in trawls and gill nets.

Similar species:

Cephalopholis leopardus
Leopard grouper

Cephalopholis leopardus

Cephalopholis leopardus differs in having a black saddle on caudal peduncle (vs. no black saddle); no dark blotch at pectoral-fin base (vs. dark blotch present) and a dark line on upper caudal fin (vs. no dark lines).

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