Malacanthus brevirostris

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Malacanthus brevirostris
Malacanthus brevirostris, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Malacanthus brevirostris
Malacanthus brevirostris, Cocos Island, Photo: Graham Edgar
Malacanthus brevirostris
Malacanthus brevirostris, Bali, Indonsia, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Malacanthus brevirostris
Malacanthus brevirostris
Malacanthus brevirostris


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale body that is elongate and flexible, often with very faint bars, tail with central white stripe and black stripes above and below. Hovers over sand and broken reef, with undulating tail.


Max Size: 32 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.3-31.3°C

Depth: 5-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.48

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 (2.4% 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: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland