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Species Cephalopholis nigripinnis (Valenciennes, 1828)

Blackfin Grouper, Blackfin Rockcod, Duskyfin Hind

Generic Combinations



The species was treated as a junior synonym of Cephalopholis urodeta by Randall & Heemstra (1991), Heemstra & Randall (1993) and Randall (2005). However, Allen & Adrim (2003) separated the two species and recorded both from the Indian Ocean. We follow Allen & Adrim (2003), Allen et al. (2007) and Craig et al. (2011) in recognising the species as distinct. Craig et al. (2011) recorded Cephalopholis urodeta from Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Island, but did not record the related Cephalopholis nigripinnis from those localities. Tentatively we have included both species from those localities. Allen & Adrim (2003) recorded C. nigripinnis from Indonesia.


Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, coral reef, marine.

Extra Ecological Information

To 60 m, usually 1-15 m.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
30-Sep-2019 SERRANIDAE 04-Sep-2019 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett
26-Apr-2011 ADDED