Andy Cornish

Peacock hind

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Peacock hind

Characteristics

  • Usually occurs singly and may form groups.
  • Mainly feeds on fishes and crustaceans.
  • The present species was introduced to Hawaii in 1956 to establish a fishery, but the fishery failed due to concern for ciguatoxin poisoning. This species is now considered an invasive species in Hawaii.
  • Forms social groups, usually containing a male and several females (known as a haremic group, where a male holds a large territory containing the territories of several females).

Description

  • Body brown or pale brown and covered with black edged blue dots.
  • Pectoral, pelvic, rear dorsal, anal and caudal fins with thick dark blue border on posterior side.
  • May possess 5 – 6 vertical pale bars on rear body.

Common Name: Peacock hind

Family Common Name: Groupers

Family: Epinephelidae

Scientific Name: Cephalopholis argus ___Schneider, 1801

Genus: Cephalopholis

Maximum Length: 60 cm (Total Length)