Cheilodactylus nigripes, Adelaide, SA. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cheilodactylus nigripes, Hobart, Tasmania. Photo: Ian Shaw
Cheilodactylus nigripes, Juvenile. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Two wide black bands across the body, the second band being light grey in some areas and becoming paler at night. Caudal fin reddish. Juveniles have a reddish tail, which darkens as the animals mature. The species is very common on reefs along the southern coast but is not often caught by line because it feeds on small invertebrates that are sucked off the bottom with a mouthful of sediment.
Max Size: 41 cm
Depth: 1-65 m
Habitat: Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Common (34% 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: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney