Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Common throughout its range, the species inhabits coral-rich areas. It feeds on small fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 89707). Solitary (Ref 90102).
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Distribution

Range Description

Cephalopholis nigripinnis is a valid species confined to the Western Indian Ocean plus Jakarta and the western end of Sumatera. In the Indian Ocean, C. nigripinnis is known from the east coast of Africa (South Africa to Kenya), Comoros, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Mascarene Islands (Mauritius, Runion and Rodrgues) and Chagos.
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Indian Ocean: From East coast of Africa (Kenay to South Africa) to Sumatra; Comoros Is., Mascarene Is., Maldives, Sri Lanka, Chagos I.
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Indian Ocean.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 16; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 8 - 9
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Size

Max. size

28.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 89707))
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Diagnostic Description

Characterized by red color grading to dark brown on posterior part of the body; posterior edge of operculum with prominent brown "ear" spot; body scales ctenoid, including abdomen; greatest depth of body 2.7-3.1 in SL; rounded caudal fin; pelvic fins 1.8-2.2 in head length (Ref. 90102); interorbital area convex; rounded preopercle, finely serrate, lower edge fleshy; subopercle and interopercle usually smooth; maxilla reaching well past eye (Ref. 089707).
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Characterized by red color grading to dark brown on posterior part of the body; posterior edge of operculum with prominent brown "ear" spot; body scales ctenoid, including abdomen; greatest depth of body 2.7-3.1 in SL; rounded caudal fin; pelvic fins 1.8-2.2 in head length (Ref 90102); interorbital area convex; rounded preopercle, finely serrate, lower edge fleshy; subopercle and interopercle usually smooth; maxilla reaching well past eye (Ref. 089707).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
General
C. nigripinnis inhabits shallow coral and rocky reefs and is a common species in depth up to 60 m. Information is available on the habitat and ecology of the closely related C. urodeta which is likely to be very similar for C. nigripinnis. However, this information must be verified.

Feeding
C. nigripinnis feeds mainly on small fishes and crustaceans.

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 60 m (Ref. 89707), usually 0 - 15 m (Ref. 89707)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Cephalopholis nigripinnis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Craig, M.T.

Reviewer/s
Sadovy, Y. & Moss, K. (Grouper and Wrasse Red List Authority)

Contributor/s

Justification
Little information is available on population trends, biology, and extent of range of this recently resurrected species. Therefore, the species is assessed as Data Deficient.
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Population

Population
C. nigripinnis is abundant throughout its range. There is currently no information on population trends.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
C. nigripinnis currently has no identified major threats, but it may be taken in subsistence and artisinal fisheries. At present, this is not believed to be a major threat factor.
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Data deficient (DD)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
C. nigripinnis occurs in marine protected areas in some parts of its range.
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Wikipedia

Cephalopholis nigripinnis

Cephalopholis nigripinnis, known commonly as the Darkfin Hind, is a species of marine fish in the family Serranidae.

The Darkfin Hind is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea excluded.[2]

The Darkfin Hind is a medium size fish and can reach a maximum size of 28 cm length.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craig, M.T. 2008. Cephalopholis nigripinnis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 09 September 2013.
  2. ^ http://eol.org/pages/11043795/details#distribution
  3. ^ http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Cephalopholis-nigripinnis.html

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