Pempheris molucca, Shark Bay, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Large scales with dark centres form indistinct narrow stripes along body, tapering to smaller dots on rear body and underside, similar toP. multiradiata. Dusky fin tips and tail margins. Some authors consider P. molucca the same as P. malabarica, but the latter is apparently not known from Australian waters. Despite uncertain identity, this species appears distinct from the other species found along the Western Australian coast.
Max Size: 15 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 21.4-29.8°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (12% 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: Several (6 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.