Cephalopholis microprion (Bleeker, 1852)
Freckled hind
photo by Randall, J.E.

 Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets), subfamily: Epinephelinae
 Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 52 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Western Pacific: including the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Great Barrier Reef, Solomon Islands, and New Caledonia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-16; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Description: Characterized by entirely dark brown color; head and anterior body covered by numerous small, bluish-white spots, some individuals with whitish area covering most of rear half of body; body scales ctenoid, including abdomen; greatest depth of body 2.5-2.8 in SL; rounded caudal fin; pelvic fins, 1.9-2.1 in head length (Ref. 90102); flat or slightly concave interorbital area; rounded preopercle, finely serrate, lower edge fleshy; subopercle and interopercle smooth or finely serrate; upper edge of operculum very convex; naked maxilla, extending past eye (Ref. 089707).
 Biology:  Adults inhabit shallow waters, usually on silty reefs, midshelf lagoons and backreef areas; feeds on fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 089707). Secretive in corals to about 20 m depth. Juveniles are found under corals with rubble substrate (Ref. 48635).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 08.10.92
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 27.08.13
 Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 15.03.94

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