Chaetodon ornatissimus, Adult. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Chaetodon ornatissimus, Juvenile. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Chaetodon ornatissimus, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Distinct gold diagonal striped pattern across pale body, with black bands on head and one black band on tail.
Max Size: 20 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 22.9-31.2°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 14.4
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: Least Concern
Occurrence: Frequent (17% 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: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland