Labracinus lineatus

Lined dottyback | Labracinus lineata
Labracinus lineatus
Labracinus lineatus, Ningaloo, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Labracinus lineatus
Labracinus lineatus, Port Gregory, WA, Photo: Andrew Green
Labracinus lineatus
Labracinus lineatus, Shark Bay, WA, Photo: Andrew Green
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Labracinus lineatus
Labracinus lineatus
Labracinus lineatus


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Olive head, front body often reddish, lines of blue dots down the body and pink spots on the fins. This fish is primarily a tropical species but is also often seen by divers in caves along the central WA coast, where it can be mistaken for a species of blue devilfish.


Max Size: 25 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 18.6-31.2°C

Depth: 5-15 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 12.69

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 (40.8% 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: 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