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C. haastii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Subclass: Neopterygii
Infraclass: Teleostei
Superorder: Acanthopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cepolidae
Genus: Cepola
Linnaeus, 1764
Type species
Cepola rubescens
Linnaeus, 1764

Taenia Ræse, 1793 (non Linnaeus, 1758: preoccupied)

Cepola is a genus of marine fish in the bandfish family Cepolidae.[1] The name red bandfish is applied to all members of this genus, but particularly C. macrophthalma, and generally not C. australis, which is also known as the Australian bandfish.[2]

Five species are recognised, and there may be a sixth, as yet undescribed, from the waters near Bermuda.[3]

The oldest recorded recipe is for C. macrophthalma. The original recipe book, by Mithaecus, is now lost, but the recipe itself survives thanks to being quoted in the Deipnosophistae.[4][5]


There are currently five recognized species in this genus:[2]


  1. ^ "Cepola". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Cepola in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  3. ^ Johnson, G. David; Smith-Vaniz, William F. (January 1987). "Redescription and Relationships of Parasphyraenops atrimanus Bean (Pisces: Serranidae), with Discussion of Other Bermudian Fishes Known Only from Stomach Contents". Bulletin of Marine Science. 40 (1): 48–58. 
  4. ^ Dalby, Andrew (2003). Food in the ancient world from A to Z. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England: Routledge. pp. 79, 220. ISBN 0-415-23259-7. 
  5. ^ Dalby, Andrew (1996). Siren Feasts. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England: Routledge. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0-415-15657-2.