Cephalopholis cyanostigma

Bluespotted grouper CFY
Characteristic features:

Adults brownish red with pale blotches (no bands) and numerous dark-edged blue ocelli on head, body and fins.


Up to 30 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs and vegetated areas, from 1 to 50 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with hook-and-line, gill nets, spear, and in traps.

Similar species:

Cephalopholis argus
Peacock grouper

Cephalopholis argus

Cephalopholis argus differs in having 9 anal-fin rays (vs. 8); often having 5–6 pale bars on posterior body (vs. faint pale bars along whole body) and a large pale area over chest (vs. no pale area on chest).

Cephalopholis miniata
Red coral grouper

Cephalopholis miniata

Cephalopholis miniata differs in having body colour red (vs. brown, to brownish red) and retains colour well after death (vs. colour becoming blotchy after death).

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