Canthigaster bennetti

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Canthigaster bennetti
Canthigaster bennetti, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Canthigaster bennetti, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Canthigaster bennetti, Lembeh, Indonesia
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Canthigaster bennetti, Ambon, Indonesia, Photo: Joe Shields
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Canthigaster bennetti
Canthigaster bennetti
Canthigaster bennetti
Canthigaster bennetti


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Black saddle at rear dorsal fin base, with light edge, and orange and blue-green lines radiating from eye. Distinguished from other tobies with black dorsal fin saddles by light underside with dark strip above.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.4-30.8°C

Depth: 1-15m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.04

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: Infrequent (3.8% 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