Cypho purpurascens, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Cypho purpurascens, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Pink/red elongate body, blue line around lower and rear margin of eye, dark scale edges forming thin oblique lines down forebody, orange-yellow patch on opercle and ocellus on dorsal fin sometimes visible on males. Females purplish grey on head becoming yellowish orange towards rear of body. Very shy. Length to 8 cm.
Max Size: 8 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 21.7-30.3°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 11
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
Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (18% 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.