Cirripectes chelomatus, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Blunt head and relatively heavy body. Dark brown colouration with fine red spots covering head and body (often not visible in the field), fringe-like line of cirri on nape and eye dark. 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: 19.1-30.3°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 5.6
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: Frequent (12% 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.