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  Peacock Rockcod (Cephalopholis argus)





Peacock Rockcod | Cephalopholis argus photo
Peacock Rockcod

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Peacock Rockcod | Cephalopholis argus photo
Peacock Rockcod

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Peacock Rockcod | Cephalopholis argus photo
Peacock Rockcod

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PEACOCK ROCKCOD FACTS

Description
The Peacock Rockcod is dark brown to greenish brown with many small black-edged blue spots on the head, body and fins. It ha a pale area on the chest in front of the pectoral fins. There are sometimes five or six dark bars on the rear part of the body. The spines of the dorsal fins are orange-gold.

Size
length to 50cm

Habitat
coral reefs, reef lagoons, tide pools. Most common at depths from 1m to 10m but has been found to 40m. Juveniles prefers shallow waters with dense coral.

Food
Feeds mainly on fish. Also eats crustaceans.

Range
The Peacock Rockcod is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is found from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to central Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Serranidae
Genus:Cephalopholis
Species:argus
Common Name:Peacock Rockcod

Relatives in same Genus
  Coral Cod (C. miniata)