Ostorhinchus cavitensis

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Ostorhinchus cavitensis
Ostorhinchus cavitensis, Gulf of Carpentaria, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Ostorhinchus cavitensis
Ostorhinchus cavitensis, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Ostorhinchus cavitensis
Ostorhinchus cavitensis


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Narrow yellow stripe on back plus wider yellow mid lateral stripe with silvery margins. Numerous additional shorter silvery stripes. Small black spot in centre of tail base. Black stripes on head. Some variations lack silvery stripes, displaying only two yellow stripes which start out black on head.


Max Size: 7 cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: 3-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 3.46

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 (4.4% 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: Many (15 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