Cephalopholis igarashiensis Katayama, 1957
Garish hind
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Epinephelidae (Groupers)
Max. size:  43 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 80 - 250 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: southern Japan, Taiwan, Guam, Philippines, South China Sea, Samoa, and Tahiti in French Polynesia. Reported from Fiji and Tuvalu (Ref. 12690).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-14; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Distinguished by having the following characteristics: body depth 2.0-2.4 in SL; body width 2.3-2.6 in depth; caudal peduncle depth equal to or greater than length; head length 2.3-2.5 in SL; dorsal head profile straight or slightly concave to above eye, nape markedly convex; flat interorbital area; rounded preopercle, finely serrate, ventral serrae slightly enlarged, lower edge irregular but hidden by skin; subopercle and interopercle finely serrate; distinctly convex upper edge of operculum; maxilla naked, reaching vertical at rear edge of eye, prominent knob on ventral rear corner; ctenoid body scales, without auxiliaries (Ref. 089707).
Biology:  A rare species found in deep waters, a specimen was caught at 250 m from Tahiti, French Polynesia. Feeds on fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 089707).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 November 2016 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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