Halichoeres dispilus, Nicaragua, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Halichoeres dispilus, Female, Nicaragua, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Halichoeres dispilus, Juvenile, Nicaragua, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Halichoeres dispilus, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Tropical Eastern Pacific
Males apricot to grey-pink body with a blue-edged dark spot on back above pectoral fin, red blotch on belly overlaid with blue markings, blue markings on face and rows of blue dashes along body. Females with a small black spot on back, no blue markings and a round black spot on tail base. Juveniles grey with an iridescent blue stripe along mid body, another less distinct stripe along back and a black spot on tail base.
Max Size: 25 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 20.8-30.3°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 30.5
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
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Widespread (73% 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 (169 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.