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Also known as:

Flagtail rockcod

Flagtail grouper

Chevron rock-cod

Darkfin hind

Duskyfin Hind

V-tail grouper

Common Group Name:

Cods and groupers

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Species Name:

Cephalopholis urodeta

Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp preopercular spines and dorsal spines when handling flagtail rock cod. To maximise their eating qualities these fish should be killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.

Fish Description:

  • The flagtail rock cod is a pretty little grouper, with a reddish brown body with a darker brown tail peduncle and a flag-like caudal fin with 2 white to bluish white bands that converge posteriorly.
  • The distal end of the pectoral fins are yellowish and in juveniles and some adults the flanks may also be interdispersed with up to 6 mottled light brown vertical bands or bars.

Fish Distribution:

  • The flagtail rock cod occurs throughout the tropical parts of the Indo-western and central Pacific, from Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean to French Polynesia and the Pitcairn Islands.
  • In Australia this species occurs throughout northern Australia as far south as Perth in WA and the Solitary Islands in NSW.
  • This species usually inhabits clear, shallow outer coral reef areas in depths up to 60 m, but occasionally is also found associated with corals in lagoons, back-reef areas, and reef crests.

Fish Size Common Length:

20-25 cm, maximum size 30 cm and 1 kg.