Beaked Coralfish (species: Chelmon rostratus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Chelmon rostratus
Beaked Coralfish

©Anne Hoggett: Beaked Coralfish off Turtle Beach, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Beaked Coralfish off Turtle Beach, Lizard Island

©Simon Gingins: Chelmon rostratus at Lizard Island (South Island reef slope).
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Chelmon
Species Chelmon rostratus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 20 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • 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.

Other references

  • Bellwood, D.R., S. Klanten, P.F. Cowman, M.S. Pratchett, N. Konow and L. van Herwerden (2009). Evolutionary history of the butterflyfishes (f: Chaetodontidae) and the rise of coral feeding fishes, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, doi 10.1111: j1420-9101200901904x. LIRS catalog number 1348.
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