|Researched by||Al Reeve||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Cepola rubescens|
Cepola rubescens is unmistakable. It is an elongate, thin fish which tapers to a pointed tail and has long dorsal and anal fins stretching almost the entire length of the body. It grows to a maximum of 70 cm, although the red bandfish is more commonly seen at sizes between 30 -35 cm. The back and sides of Cepola rubescens are red or orange-red in colour and the belly is orange or yellowish. The dorsal and anal fins are clear or yellowy with the first part of the dorsal fin coloured red. The silvery eye of the red bandfish is large, as is the mouth, which has a single row of pointed, slender, widely spaced teeth.
Inshore populations of Cepola rubescens may be transitory. The population of around 14,000 individuals present at Lundy in the mid 1970's has been absent except for a few individuals in the 1980's through to 2005 at least (Hiscock, 2003; K. Hiscock pers. comm.).
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Last Updated: 30/06/2005