Macropharyngodon negrosensis

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Macropharyngodon negrosensis
Macropharyngodon negrosensis, female, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Macropharyngodon negrosensis
Macropharyngodon negrosensis, male, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Macropharyngodon negrosensis
Macropharyngodon negrosensis, NSW, Australia, Photo: Tom Davis
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Macropharyngodon negrosensis
Macropharyngodon negrosensis
Macropharyngodon negrosensis


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Females and juveniles usually seen, and have a dense covering of fine white spots on black body, white dorsal fin crossed by black lines, black ventral and anal fins, transparent tail fin. Juveniles flop about with wave surge, mimicking a drifting leaf. Males rare and easily recognised by dark upper and lower edges of tail and light-margined black scales on body.


Max Size: 12 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-30.5°C

Depth: 8-32 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.24

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 (4.4% 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