Cetoscarus ocellatus, Male, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cetoscarus ocellatus, Juvenile, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smitn
Cetoscarus ocellatus, Intermediate stage. Cook Islands, Photo: Graham Edgar
Varies enormously in appearance from juveniles through to terminal phase males. Only recently split from C. bicolor, which is distinguished by location. C. bicolor is only known from the Red Sea, while C. ocellatus is widespread across the Indo-Pacific.
Max Size: 85 cm
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Frequent (18% 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.