Coral Rockcod (species: Cephalopholis miniata) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cephalopholis miniata
Coral Rockcod

©Lyle Vail: Coral Rockcod at Snake Pit

©Richard Ling
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Serranidae
Genus Cephalopholis
Species Cephalopholis miniata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

A medium sized fish with striking colouration: red with numerous small bright blue spots, often darker red towards the tail, tail tip lined with a thin blue line, pectoral fins yellow or orange. The tail is convex.


  • Up to 40 cm (Measured as the total length of the fish: the length from the tip of the snout to the tip of the longer lobe of the caudal fin, usually measured with the lobes compressed along the midline. It is a straight-line measure, not measured over the curve of the body.)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Bott, N.J., T.L. Miller and T.H. Cribb (2013). Bucephalidae (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) of Plectropomus (Serranidae: Epinephelinae) in the tropical Pacific. Parasitology Research, 112: 2561-2584. LIRS catalog number 1717.
  • Deveney, M.R. and I.D. Whittington (2010). Three new species of Benedenia Diesing, 1858 from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia with a key to species of the genus. Zootaxa, 2348: 1-22. LIRS catalog number 1405.
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