Acanthistius cinctus

Yellow-banded wirrah | Banded Wirrah | Girdled Rock Cod | Yellowbanded Wirrah
Acanthistius cinctus
Acanthistius cinctus, Photo: Andrew Green
Acanthistius cinctus
Acanthistius cinctus, Lord Howe Island, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
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Acanthistius cinctus
Acanthistius cinctus


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Distinctive vertical black bands on the body and lines through the eye, with some spotting on the head in adults.


Max Size: 50 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.8-24.9°C

Depth: 3-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 8.84

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (11.1% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: extract from GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney