Thin white line around the fin edges. Animals found off southern WA may prove to be a different species from those found off the southeast coast. Beardies occur commonly in and near caves at depths below 10 m but also forage into much shallower water at night.
Max Size: 50 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 13.0-24.6°C
Depth: 10- 90 m
Habitat: Rocky Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 13.3
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: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (19% 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