Optivus agastos

Slender roughy | Optivus elongatus
Optivus agastos
Optivus agastos, Sydney, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Optivus agastos
Optivus agastos, Poor Knights Is, New Zealand, Photo: Andrew Green
Optivus agastos
Optivus agastos, Northland, New Zealand, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Optivus agastos
Optivus agastos
Optivus agastos


Temperate Australasia


Rounded body, reddish brown colour, and white and dark markings on opercles and fins. The species releases a toxic white substance through pores in the skin as a defensive measure when captured.


Max Size: 12 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 14-23.2°C

Depth: 1–30 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 8.77

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: Frequent (11.6% 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 (9 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