Grammistes sexlineatus

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Grammistes sexlineatus
Grammistes sexlineatus, Lord Howe Is, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Grammistes sexlineatus
Grammistes sexlineatus, Lord Howe Is, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Grammistes sexlineatus
Grammistes sexlineatus, Ningaloo Reef, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Grammistes sexlineatus
Grammistes sexlineatus
Grammistes sexlineatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


High rounded body with thin yellow stripes and a blue edged black spot on upper lip. The number, length and continuity of stripes varies with age with juveniles only having two white stripes. Juveniles on coastal reefs and adults in deeper water. Usually well back in caves and under ledges during the day. Skin has toxic poison. Length to 30cm


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-30.4°C

Depth: 1-130 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 3.44

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: Infrequent (2.8% 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: Joe Shields