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Cheilodactylus gibbosus  Richardson, 1841

Magpie morwong
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cheilodactylidae (Morwongs)
Etymology: Cheilodactylus: Greek, cheilos = lip + Greek, daktylos = finger (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Richardson.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 20 m (Ref. 33839).   Temperate

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Eastern Indian Ocean and Southeast Pacific: Western Australia, Kermadec Island and Easter Island.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 33839)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 31-32; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8. White with mostly oblique, black bands; three short bands across forehead; prominent band from each eye to pectoral fin base, second from nape to pectoral fin base, third angled downward from dorsal fin origin and fading behind pectoral fin, fourth arising on center of spinous portion of dorsal fin and tapering as it follows dorsal profile of body to upper side of caudal peduncle; pectoral fins yellow; other fins greyish with darker margins (Ref. 33839).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits shallow protected reef and sandy areas, sometimes entering estuaries (Ref. 33839).

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Gomon, M.F., C.J.M. Glover and R.H. Kuiter (eds.), 1994. The fishes of Australia's south coast. State Print, Adelaide. 992 p. (Ref. 33839)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 15.3 - 23.3, mean 17.9 (based on 211 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00543 - 0.02660), b=3.02 (2.82 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.8   ±0.25 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100) .