- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
Adult male Rainbow Cale can be recognised by the elongate first dorsal fin spines and distinctive colouration. They have blue lines on the head and dark blotches on the sides of the body. source: Australian Museum Factsheets
- RLS profile v3
- Abundance: 1.739
- Behaviour: Secretive, usually hiding and moving amongst and below the seaweed canopy. Large males sometimes swim above the canopy, however, displaying fins and bright markings.
- Commercial_Uses: None, other than trivial captures for aquarium trade
- Common_Name: Rainbow cale;Rainbow cale
- Depth: 2-20 m
- Description: Sexually dimorphic; males are green with iridescent blue lines on the head and fins and the first two dorsal spines are elongated. They also have two to three rows of large black rectangular markings along the side that can be 'turned on or off' (appear/disappear) very quickly. Females are generally a brown to green colour and many parts of the membranes between the rays in the tail and fins are transparent, giving an appearance of numerous holes in the fins and tail.
- Diet: Detritus, plants, benthic invertebrates
- Distribution: Southern coasts of Australia from south-west to south-east.
- Frequency: 6.277
- Habitat: Rocky reef
- IUCN_Threat_status: Least Concern
- Invasive: Not known to be invasive
- Life_History: Little information available
- Max_size: 290 mm
- Range: 1408.491
- Synonyms: Odax acroptilus; Odax acroptilus [in most recent references]
- Threats: Seagrass habitat decline
- similar_species: Juveniles are similar to juvenile Olisthops cyanomelas. They differ primarily in the body shape with the latter more elongate.
- South Australian Fish from the AFD
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