Chocolate Hind ( Cephalopholis boenak )
I caught this fish today on a small piece of squid while fishing from the rocks along the Northern Section of the SRP near the Malacanang Sa Sugbu building. I caught this and an eel which I will post later. This species is often mistaken for Lapu Lapu or Grouper. Here in Cebu this is known as Pugapo (pronounced; pu-GA-po). It is actually a Hind. These can grow to 20 or 30cm though most that are caught are less than 20cm. These fish are edible and taste similar to lapu lapu. These are quite common and abundant along rocky shorelines as well as around reefs. These fish can be caught in depths from around 1ft to 100ft.