Chlorurus spilurus, Female, Hawaii. Photo: Graham Edgar
Highly variable in appearance with life stage and mood, but generally with identical appearance to C. sordidus. Some researchers now consider C. sordidus to be the same as this species throughout the Pacific and in Western Australia, with only western Indian Ocean populations considered C. sordidus. Until there is more certain taxonomic resolution, we retain this species as restricted to the Hawaiian region.
Max Size: 50 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Widespread (60% 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: Several (5 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.