Hemitaurichthys polylepis, French Polynesia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Hemitaurichthys polylepis, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Distinct triangular white body marking, white tail and dark head. All else yellow. Large schools feed on plankton in mid-water.
Max Size: 18 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (7% 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: Many (23 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.