Cantherhines pardalis

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Cantherhines pardalis
Cantherhines pardalis, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cantherhines pardalis
Cantherhines pardalis, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cantherhines pardalis
Cantherhines pardalis, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Cantherhines pardalis
Cantherhines pardalis, Pale variation, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Cantherhines pardalis
Cantherhines pardalis
Cantherhines pardalis
Cantherhines pardalis


Temperate Africa, Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Best distinguished by small white patch on upper tail base. Variably marked, but usually with dark honeycomb pattern on sides.


Max Size: 25 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-31.2°C

Depth: 1-20m

Habitat Generalization Index: 22.43

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: Few (2 per transect)

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

Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland