Cheilodactylus vestitus, Adult, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cheilodactylus vestitus, Juvenile, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cheilodactylus vestitus, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Cheilodactylus vestitus, Adult. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Humpbacked profile with black and white oblique bars on body, yellow upper tail lobe, yellow stripe below dorsal fin, and yellow patch behind eye. Similar to Cheilodactylus franscisi (Blacktip Morwong) but lacks black patch below eye, and black tip on upper tail lobe.
Max Size: 35 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 15.3-27.2°C
Depth: 5-30 m
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 10.9
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: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Common (33% 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.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney