Plectorhinchus albovittatus

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Plectorhinchus albovittatus
Plectorhinchus albovittatus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Plectorhinchus albovittatus
Plectorhinchus albovittatus, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Plectorhinchus albovittatus
Plectorhinchus albovittatus, Photo: Tim Alexander
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Plectorhinchus albovittatus
Plectorhinchus albovittatus
Plectorhinchus albovittatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Heavy, dark mottled body, usually with a broad diffuse pale bar vertically on mid body, black margins on dorsal, anal and tail fins, and orange colour in spiny dorsal fin visible if extended. Also distinguished by large size. Small juveniles with 2-3 broad black stripes along body with thin white/yellow stripes in between and a pale belly. Intermediate stages with up to for dark stripes which fade to pale grey before taking on adult colouration.


Max Size: 100 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.8-30.5°C

Depth: 2-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 0.36

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 (1.8% 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: Solitary (1 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