Rainbow Cale

Heteroscarus acroptilus

Heteroscarus acroptilus - Rainbow Cale
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Size: 25 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Rocky reef

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

Heteroscarus acroptilus - Rainbow Cale

This colourful weed whiting has two long first dorsal spines and a rounded snout. Both males and adult females are green in colour, with two neon blue stripes below the eye, while males are covered in black rectangular blotches. Juveniles are a mottled reddish brown.