Parupeneus pleurostigma

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Parupeneus pleurostigma
Parupeneus pleurostigma, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Parupeneus pleurostigma
Parupeneus pleurostigma, Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Parupeneus pleurostigma
Parupeneus pleurostigma, Coral Sea, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Parupeneus pleurostigma
Parupeneus pleurostigma, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Parupeneus pleurostigma
Parupeneus pleurostigma
Parupeneus pleurostigma
Parupeneus pleurostigma


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Variable colour from reddish-pink to silver-grey body with pale belly, large rounded black blotch mid body with white blotch behind, black patch on base of second dorsal fin.


Max Size: 33 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.4-31.2°C

Depth: 1-75m

Habitat Generalization Index: 13.89

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 (9.3% 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 (3 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