Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus

Vermiculate Angelfish
Chaetodontoplus mesoleucusChaetodontoplus mesoleucus, adult, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Chaetodontoplus mesoleucusChaetodontoplus mesoleucus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Chaetodontoplus mesoleucusChaetodontoplus mesoleucus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus
Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus
Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Blue lips and yellow snout, black band through eye, speckled body with yellow tail. Shy, hiding in branches of hard coral when approached.


Max Size: 18 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.8-31.3°C

Depth: 1-20m

Habitat Generalization Index: 5.06

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: Infrequent (7.9% 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.