Cephalopholis aurantia   (Valenciennes,  1828) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Maximum 60 cm

Color: Orange-yellow to dull pink with reddish-orange to yellow dots on head and anterodorsally on body; caudal fin with a narrow, pale, bluish rear margin and conspicuous black submarginal line.

Body depth 2.7 to 2.9 times in standard length, less than head length. Maxilla reaches past eye; preopercle rounded, low, fleshy; subopercle and interopercle serrated; lower gillrakers 15 to 17. Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 14 or 15 soft rays; anal fin with 3 spines and 9 soft rays; pectoral rays 17 or 18; pectoral fins 1.4 to 1.6 times in head length, reaching well past anus; pelvic fins 1.8 or 1.9 times in head length; caudal fin rounded. Pored lateral line scales 47 to 53; lateral scale series 103 to 117.

Protogynous, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Golden Hind (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh and dried salted.)

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Rocky
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes and crustaceans
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient



Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org

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