Microcanthus strigatus

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Microcanthus strigatus
Microcanthus strigatus, Jurien Bay, WA, Photo: Antonia Cooper
Microcanthus strigatus
Microcanthus strigatus, Seto, Japan, Photo: Graham Edgar
Microcanthus strigatus
Microcanthus strigatus, Abrohlos, WA, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Microcanthus strigatus
Microcanthus strigatus
Microcanthus strigatus

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Temperate Australasia, Tropical Eastern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


High hump-back profile, black and yellow stripes equidistant along side, which extend the full length of the body to the end of anal and dorsal fins, oblique black stripe above eye. It also has a slightly hump-backed appearance, because the snout and eyes are very low on the body.


Max Size: 16 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 15.3-29°C

Depth: 2-15m

Habitat Generalization Index: 12.95

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 (8.0% 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: Several (6 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