Pteragogus enneacanthus, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Pteragogus enneacanthus, Dampier, WA, Photo: Andrew Green
Pteragogus enneacanthus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Small cryptic wrasse with a high, mottled body, 8-10 fine white stripes often present on sides, the second upper-most of which with small dark spots along it, an ocellus on gill cover surrounded by a yellow/green ring which becomes oblong with age, and a series of fine blue lines below eye. Distinguished from P. cryptus (Cryptic Wrasse) by dorsal spine (9) and ray (11) counts - photo often necessary for field identification.
Max Size: 15 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-31.0°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (2% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland