Goniistius vestitus

Crested morwong | Eastern Crested Morwong | Eastern Magpie Morwong | Eastern Morwong | Magpie Morwong | Cheilodactylus vestitus
Goniistius vestitus
Goniistius vestitus, adult, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Photo: Ian Shaw
Goniistius vestitus
Goniistius vestitus, juvenile, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Photo: Ian Shaw
Goniistius vestitus
Goniistius vestitus, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Goniistius vestitus
Goniistius vestitus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Goniistius vestitus
Goniistius vestitus
Goniistius vestitus
Goniistius vestitus

Distribution

Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Description

Humpbacked profile with black and white oblique bars on body, yellow upper tail lobe, yellow stripe below dorsal fin, and yellow patch behind eye. Similar to Cheilodactylus franscisi (Blacktip Morwong) but lacks black patch below eye, and black tip on upper tail lobe.


Information

Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: 15.3-27.2°C

Depth: 5-30 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 10.9

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 (32.5% 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: Few (2 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