Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Acanthuriformes
(Surgeonfishes) > Pomacanthidae
Etymology: Chaetodontoplus: Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth + Greek, plous, ous, oo = crossing (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 10 - 50 m (Ref. 48391). Subtropical
Western Pacific: Queensland, Australia. Reported to range south to New South Wales and Lord Howe Island (Ref. 9710).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 17 - 19. Trunk black; the forehead, snout, breast, and caudal fin yellow; side of the head mostly blue with yellow spots; a wide white bar just behind the head, running from the below the forehead to the base of the pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fins with narrow yellowish to bluish white margin.
Inhabits coastal reefs and open bottoms with rock , coral, sponge, or seawhip outcrops to depths greater than 3 5 m (Ref. 9710). Juveniles often among sponges under jetties; adults often in pairs, generally in deeper water (Ref. 9710). Feeds on sponges and tunicates. Solitary or forms pairs or small groups. Occasionally 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
): 23.9 - 27.6, mean 26.1 °C (based on 78 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
): 3.0 ±0.00 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 34 [19, 63] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.813 [0.467, 1.387] mg/100g ; Protein = 19.4 [18.2, 20.5] % ; Omega3 = 0.188 [0.112, 0.317] g/100g ; Selenium = 12.5 [6.2, 25.7] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 50.7 [13.1, 184.5] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.984 [0.620, 1.570] mg/100g (wet weight);