Cephalopholis boenak, Adult, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Grey body with seven or eight vertical dark brown bars, brown markings on face and a black ear-patch above pectoral fin base on gill cover. Tail fin, and rear of dorsal and anal fins with pale blue margin; juvenile with white stripe from snout to base of dorsal fin. Shy and secretive, disappearing into holes in the reef when approached. Length to 30 cm.
Max Size: 30 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 20.2-31.6°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 9.7
Also referred to as the SGI (Species generalisation index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species.
Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most
hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Frequent (17% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.