Scientific Name
Cephalopholis formosa  
Cephalopholis formosa臺灣九刺鮨
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Shaw, 1812) Depth 1 - 150M
Chinese 臺灣九刺鮨 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鮨科 Economic Fish No 
Family F338 Serranidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 藍線九棘鱸 
Max Length 34 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 藍紋鱠、過魚、石斑 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality India 
Synonyms Sciaena formosa   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Heemstra, P.C. etc. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 
Specimen List ASIZP0055623.  
Common Name Bluelined rockcod; Bluelined hind; Chocolate hind; Blue-lined rock-cod; Blue-lined rockcod 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal fin with IX spines and 15 to 17 rays, the membranes indented between the spines; anal fin with III spines and 8 (rarely 7) rays, the second spine 12.0 to 14.6% of standard length, not reaching past tip of third spine; pectoral-fin rays 16 to 18; pectoral fins usually longer than pelvic fins, pectoral-fin length contained 1.5 to 1.8 times in head length; pelvic fins reaching about to anus, their length contained 1.6 to 2.0 times in head length; caudal fin well rounded.Body scales ctenoid, without auxiliary scales; lateral-line scales 47 to 51; lateral-scale series 91 to 109.
habitats Also like C. boenak, the preferred habitat of C. formosa is shallow dead or silty reefs. And this may account for the primarily continental distributions of these two species. 
Distribution It is known from Sri Lanka, and the Lakshadweep Islands; but there are no other reports from islands in the western Indian Ocean. It occurs from western India to Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Japan (Honshu), and northern Australia. 
Utility C.formosa is too small to be of commercial importance as a food fish.