Goniistius rubrolabiatus

Redlip morwong | Cheilodactylus rubrolabiatus
Goniistius rubrolabiatus
Goniistius rubrolabiatus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Goniistius rubrolabiatus
Goniistius rubrolabiatus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Goniistius rubrolabiatus
Goniistius rubrolabiatus


Temperate Australasia


Pattern of oblique brown bands across the body, spots between the bands, and red markings on the lips, opercle edge, and pectoral and pelvic fins. It is the morwong most commonly seen by divers on the west coast, and generally lives in caves in shallow weedy areas of reef.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17-23.3°C

Depth: 2-30 m

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: Common (46.9% 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.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney