Cirripectes chelomatus

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Cirripectes chelomatus
Cirripectes chelomatus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cirripectes chelomatus
Cirripectes chelomatus, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Cirripectes chelomatus
Cirripectes chelomatus, Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Cirripectes chelomatus
Cirripectes chelomatus
Cirripectes chelomatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


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

Depth: 0-16m

Habitat Generalization Index: 5.65

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: Frequent (12.7% 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: Joe Shields