Aulacocephalus temminckii, Poor Knights Is, New Zealand, Photo: Andrew Green
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Very distinctive bright blue body with yellow stripe from snout, through eye and along upper back to tail base. Reclusive during daytime, although occasionally seen at the entrance to caves. Skin contains a toxin which is poisonous to eat. Length to 40 cm.
Max Size: 40 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 18.0-24.4°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Widespread (71% 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.