Plectorhinchus polytaenia

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Plectorhinchus polytaenia
Plectorhinchus polytaenia, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Plectorhinchus polytaenia
Plectorhinchus polytaenia, juvenile, NT, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Plectorhinchus polytaenia
Plectorhinchus polytaenia, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Plectorhinchus polytaenia
Plectorhinchus polytaenia
Plectorhinchus polytaenia


Tropical Indo-Pacific


White and black-edged gold stripes along body from snout to tail, large lips, and bright yellow fins. Juveniles with horizontal dark brown/black and white stripes from snout to tail, and yellow fins.


Max Size: 50 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.2-31.6°C

Depth: 5-40m

Habitat Generalization Index: 5.18

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: 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: Few (2 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