Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Acanthuriformes
(Surgeonfishes) > Pomacanthidae
Etymology: Chaetodontoplus: Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth + Greek, plous, ous, oo = crossing (Ref. 45335). More on author: Waite.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 1 - 40 m (Ref. 9710). Temperate
Western Pacific: southern Great Barrier Reef (Australia) and New Caledonia, southward to Lord Howe Island.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
soft rays: 18. Blue gray on upper half of body, brown to blackish on ventral half. Operculum and basal part of pectoral and caudal fins yellow; snout and outer part of the pectoral and caudal fins black; lips, pelvic fins whitish or light blue. Eye with blue ring; margin of preopercle and opercle blue.
Generally inhabits deep coral reef areas. Juveniles as shallow as 1 m on lagoon reefs (Ref. 9710). Feeds on sponges and tunicates. Forms pairs. Rarely exported through the aquarium trade (Ref. 48391).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.5 - 27.2, mean 26.1 °C (based on 68 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.03311 (0.01558 - 0.07036), b=2.88 (2.70 - 3.06), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.6 ±0.00 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 29.6 [13.8, 56.1] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.307 [0.169, 0.537] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.7 [17.4, 19.9] % ; Omega3 = 0.334 [0.169, 0.685] g/100g ; Selenium = 6.05 [2.62, 15.86] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 53.5 [11.7, 250.2] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.933 [0.559, 1.518] mg/100g (wet weight);