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Bluelined hind
Cephalopholis formosa

Family Serranidae
updated Oct 2020

Where seen? This rather large fish with bright blue narrow lines is sometimes near our seawalls. It is said to prefer shallow dead or silty reefs.

Features: To about 30cm. The fish is distinguished by by narrow blue stripes on head, body and fins. All fins also blue. Body dark brown to yellowish brown. Those seen pale, sometimes with light or dark brown bars: are these its 'night colours'?

Tanah Merah, Jun 12

Kusu Island, Dec 18
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Bluelined hind on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

East Coast Park, May 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

East Coast Park, May 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook,

East Coast Park-Marina East, May 22
Photo shared by Kelvin Yong on facebook,

Tanah Merah, Jul 10
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

Raffles Lighthouse, Nov 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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