Heteroclinus adelaidae

Adelaide Weedfish
Heteroclinus adelaidae
Heteroclinus adelaidae, Port Phillip Bay, VIC, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Heteroclinus adelaidae
Heteroclinus adelaidae, Port Phillip Bay, VIC, Photo: Antonia Cooper
Heteroclinus adelaidae
Heteroclinus adelaidae, Norfolk Bay, TAS, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Heteroclinus adelaidae
Heteroclinus adelaidae
Heteroclinus adelaidae




Dark forward section of the lateral line. Commonly has white streak on side, starting from behind the lower rear corner of the eye. Similar to H. kuiteri, but first dorsal fin starts further back. Very secretive, under algae in shallow, low profile reef in bays sheltered from ocean swells.


Max Size: 9 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 11.5-21.2°C

Depth: N/A

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: Infrequent (8.1% 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.