Labropsis xanthonota

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Labropsis xanthonota
Labropsis xanthonota, Rose Atoll, Pacific Ocean, Photo: Graham Edgar
Labropsis xanthonota
Labropsis xanthonota, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Labropsis xanthonota
Labropsis xanthonota


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Males dark with yellow lips, yellow margin on operculum, sides with yellow spots on each scale and a distinctive V-shaped tail marking. Juveniles and females dark purplish-black with fine blue stripes along body and yellow back.


Max Size: 13 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.1-30.7°C

Depth: 7-55m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.53

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (3.6% 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: Joe Shields