Demon Stingerfish, Bearded Ghoul, Caledonian Devilfish, Caledonian Stinger, Chinese Ghoul
Inimicus caledonicus, Photo: Tom Davis
Tassled and mottled brown, sits motionless on bottom, and is very well camouflaged. Distinguished from other Inimicus species (Stingerfishes) by pattern on underside of pectoral fin - a dark band through the middle section. Pectoral fin underside of I. didactylus (Longsnout Stingerfish) has dark base, while that of I. sinensis is dark with pale blotches. Venomous spines on back.
Max Size: 25 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 20.9-30.3°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Widespread (50% 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.