Dipterygonotus balteatus

Mottled fusilier | Dwarf Fusilier | Redbait | Rubyfish
Dipterygonotus balteatus
Dipterygonotus balteatus, Photo: Graham Edgar


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Small schooling fusilier with narrow body profile, silver side, dark back with mottled bronze pattern, and a single silver body stripe with darker edges from above eye to tail base.


Max Size: 14 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.7-29.5°C

Depth: 1-37m

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: Widespread (100% 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: Large aggregations (222 per transect)

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

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland