Rhinecanthus aculeatus, WA, Australia, Photo: John Turnbull
Rhinecanthus aculeatus, Juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Tom Davis
Rhinecanthus aculeatus, WA, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Rhinecanthus aculeatus, WA, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Abstract paint job with yellow streak behind mouth, black patch bordered with white on tail base, oblique black stripes on rear belly, thin blue vertical lines passing eyes, and oblique brown patch forward from start of dorsal fin.
Max Size: 30 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 22.4-30.8°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Soft sediment
Habitat Generalisation Index: 7.9
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
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (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: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland