Cheilodactylus pixi

Barred fingerfin
Cheilodactylus pixi
Cheilodactylus pixi, adult, Tsitsikamma, South africa, Photo: Graham Edgar
Cheilodactylus pixi
Cheilodactylus pixi, juvenile, Cape Town, South Africa, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Cheilodactylus pixi
Cheilodactylus pixi


Temperate Africa


Mildly pointed snout and a slightly concave breast profile. Light grey body speckled with red-brown spots and four distinct oblique, brown bars, with another less distinct bar behind head onto pectoral fin base. Fins translucent orange. Found among rocks on the Namibian and South African coasts.


Max Size: 18 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 15.2-24.1°C

Depth: 1-97m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

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: Widespread (75.0% 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.

Edit by: Joe Shields