Cephalopholis formosa

Bluelined grouper
Characteristic features:

Dark brownish to yellowish brown with many irregular dark bluish longitudinal lines on head, body and fins.


Up to 34 cm TL.


West Pacific in tropical waters.


Shallow dead and silty reefs, from 1 to 30 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with hook-and-line, gill net, traps, and in trawls.

Similar species:

Cephalopholis polleni
Harlequin grouper

Cephalopholis polleni

Cephalopholis polleni differs in having caudal fin truncate to slightly emarginate (vs. rounded).

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