Canthigaster punctatissima, Nicaragua, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Canthigaster punctatissima, Coiba, Panama, Photo: Graham Edgar
Canthigaster punctatissima, Photo: Graham Edgar
Tropical Eastern Pacific
Brown with a dense covering of round white spots over head and body, becoming more dense on lower sides. Eyes green. Hides in protected areas in coral and rocky reefs.
Max Size: 9 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 23.4-30.3°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 24.3
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
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Widespread (58% 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: Several (8 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.