Neocirrhites armatus

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Neocirrhites armatus
Neocirrhites armatus, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Neocirrhites armatus
Neocirrhites armatus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Neocirrhites armatus
Neocirrhites armatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Vivid red body with black around eyes and under dorsal fin. Timid but curious, always found in lower branches of hard corals with robust branches, where it actively moves to view, and hide from, the observer. Length to 9 cm.


Max Size: 9 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.9-29.6°C

Depth: 1-10m

Habitat Generalization Index: 8.31

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: Frequent (13.3% 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: Joe Shields