Cephalopholis igarashiensis (a.k.a., the garish hind) is an amazing grouper that is poorly known to aquarists and scientists alike because of its proclivity for deep reef habitats - it occurs at depths in excess of 250 feet and is most often found in excess of 400 feet. As a result, it is not likely to show-up in your local aquarium store anytime soon. This individual was selling for $ 6,000 at House of Fins in Greenwich Connecticut (sorry, this photo was taken a couple of years ago and the fish has since been sold). Virtually nothing is known about its biology. It has been reported from southern Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the south China Sea, American Samoa, Tahiti and Fiji. It reaches a maximum length of around 17 inches.
© Scott W. Michael- Reef Tectonics