Genicanthus melanospilos, Male. Photo: Graham Edgar
Genicanthus melanospilos, Female, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Genicanthus melanospilos, Male, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar
Genicanthus melanospilos, Female. Photo: Graham Edgar
Male with full black vertical bars on a pale body, and on upper head down to eye level, fins with blue margins, swallow tail with yellowish tinge and orange spots on base, and black spot on breast in front of pelvic fins; female with yellow back, pale blue belly, and blue swallow tail with black upper and lower lobes. Length to 18 cm.
Max Size: 18 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef
Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Widespread (55% 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 (6 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.