Cristiceps aurantiacus

Yellow-crested weedfish
Cristiceps aurantiacus
Cristiceps aurantiacus, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Tom Davis
Cristiceps aurantiacus
Cristiceps aurantiacus, Ulladulla, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Cristiceps aurantiacus
Cristiceps aurantiacus, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Cristiceps aurantiacus
Cristiceps aurantiacus
Cristiceps aurantiacus


Temperate Australasia


Wider gap between first and second dorsal fins than in Heteroclinus weedfishes, and first dorsal fin much higher than similar species (including C. australis).


Max Size: 22 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 14.8-23.3°C

Depth: N/A

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: Infrequent (4.7% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.