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Peacock rockcod

  • Photo of a Peacock rockcod
    An adult peacock rockcod (Photo: JE Randall)
  • Photo of a Peacock rockcod under water
    An adult fish underwater (Photo: JE Randall)
Scientific name

Cephalopholis argus

  • can change colour quickly
  • identified by the triangular pale patch at the base of the pectoral fins
  • bright blue to purple, dark-rimmed spots cover the body and fins
  • five to six pale bars on the hindquarters
Family name

Serranidae (cods and groupers)

Family description
  • bottom-dwelling (demersal) predators
  • highly regarded food fish
  • most have small scales
  • hard to see lateral lines and usually rounded to emarginate tail fins
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 38 cm
  • combined possession limit of 5 for all cods and groupers
  • in addition, total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Further information