Cephalopholis spiloparaea

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Cephalopholis spiloparaea
Cephalopholis spiloparaea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cephalopholis spiloparaea
Cephalopholis spiloparaea, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cephalopholis spiloparaea
Cephalopholis spiloparaea, Bouganville Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Cephalopholis spiloparaea
Cephalopholis spiloparaea
Cephalopholis spiloparaea


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Reddish body with dark red-brown patches, tail with pale blue oblique stripes on upper and lower edges of rear margin. Very similar to C. leopardus (Leopard Rockcod), but lacks any white-edged black patches on upper tail base. Length to 30 cm.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.1-30.6°C

Depth: 15-108m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.03

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (2.3% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields