Meiacanthus reticulatus

Meiacanthus reticulatus
Meiacanthus reticulatus, adult, Flinders Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Andrew Green



Grey to brown with numerous darker spots forming a reticulated pattern all over. Dark upper and lower margins to pale caudal fin. Narrow stripe from rear of eye to about one third length of dorsal fin.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: 5-15m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

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: Vulnerable

Occurrence: Common (21.8% 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 (4 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Andrew Green