Diproctacanthus xanthurus

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Diproctacanthus xanthurus
Diproctacanthus xanthurus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Diproctacanthus xanthurus
Diproctacanthus xanthurus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Diproctacanthus xanthurus
Diproctacanthus xanthurus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Elongate wrasse with two dark stripes separated by white stripe along upper body, white lower body with yellowish belly, red eye, yellow tail, and a tube-like mouth used for cleaning parasites off other fishes.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 28.7-31.4°C

Depth: 2-25m

Habitat Generalization Index: 11.07

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Frequent (18.1% 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: Several (7 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields