Taeniamia fucata

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Taeniamia fucataTaeniamia fucata, adult, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Taeniamia fucataTaeniamia fucata, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Taeniamia fucataTaeniamia fucata, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Taeniamia fucataTaeniamia fucata, juvenile, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia, Photo: Joe Shields
Taeniamia fucataTaeniamia fucata, adult, Naigani Is, Fiji, Photo: Andrew Green
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Taeniamia fucata
Taeniamia fucata
Taeniamia fucata
Taeniamia fucata
Taeniamia fucata


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Two short blue stripes from snout through eye, dark spot on tail base, often with dark bar beneath eye. Rear edges of scales iridescent yellow/orange, forming narrow wavy vertical lines, and giving the appearance of almost glowing orange/yellow from a distance. Lacks spot behind upper operculum as on T. biguttata.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: 2-60m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.27

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 (7.6% 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: Large aggregations (130 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

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