Canthigaster axiologus, Adult. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Three triangular black saddles over back, plus 4th over eyes. Black saddles have broken yellow edges and don't extend as far onto the underside as on C. valentini (blacksaddle toby) which also has darker spots between saddles. Previously assumed same as C. coronata from Hawaii.
Max Size: 11 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 0.3
Also referred to as the SGI (Species generalisation index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species.
Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most
hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here
Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
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: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland