Chaetodon plebeius

Blue-dash butterflyfish | Chaetodon plebius
Chaetodon plebeius
Chaetodon plebeius, adult, Ningaloo Reef, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Chaetodon plebeius
Chaetodon plebeius, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Chaetodon plebeius
Chaetodon plebeius, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Chaetodon plebeius
Chaetodon plebeius
Chaetodon plebeius


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific




Max Size: 15 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-30.2°C

Depth: 1-10m

Habitat Generalization Index: 21.92

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (36.3% 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 (3 per transect)

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