Pelates octolineatus, Geographe, WA, Photo: Paul Day
Closely resembles the eastern striped trumpeter, but has a smaller and more rounded head and three-pointed teeth. It also has five to eight stripes along the sides and a fully spotted tail. The species is very abundant in sheltered seagrass beds, consuming large quantities of algae growing on the seagrass as a major component of its diet.
Max Size: 28 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 15.9-23.7°C
Habitat: Seagrass, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (5% 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 (95 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