Canthigaster papua

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Canthigaster papua
Canthigaster papua, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Canthigaster papua
Canthigaster papua, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Canthigaster papua
Canthigaster papua, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Canthigaster papua
Canthigaster papua
Canthigaster papua


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Black saddle at rear dorsal fin base, with light margin. Spots extend well on to tail and often join to form lines over back. Lacks noticably larger light spots on underside as on C. janthinoptera, and light underside as on C. bennetti or C. petersii. Prominant orange colouration around snout and eye, without full orange tail as seen in C. solandri. 


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.4-31.4°C

Depth: 1-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 11.75

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 (13.7% 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