Cirripectes alboapicalis, Lord Howe Island, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cirripectes alboapicalis, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cirripectes alboapicalis, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, Photo: Graham Edgar
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Blunt head and relatively heavy body. Dark colouration with many evenly-spaced small blue/white spots (not on fins), and a dark spot on head behind eye. Tail fin orange/red and anal fin may have blueish edge. Like most Cirripectes species, sits motionless on reef until approached then rapidly darts for cover making identification difficult.
Max Size: 12 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 17.4-26.7°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 4.4
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: Infrequent (8% 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 (5 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.