Chlorurus spilurus (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1840 ),

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 242

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Chlorurus spilurus (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1840 )


Chlorurus spilurus (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1840)  —Bullethead parrotfish

Status at New Ireland. New record, based on specimens observed by Jeff Kinch during CFMDP Survey at Kavieng fish market in 2004–2005; a video of a specimen taken off southeastern New Hanover , at 6–21 m depth, St. KR 124, in 2014 (identified by Barry C. Russell). This species was previously known from the western and central Pacific as C. sordidus  (non Forsskål in Niebuhr 1775).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2.—General distribution: Red Sea, East and South Africa, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Hawaiian Islands and Pitcairn Group, north to Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands, south to Western Australia, Lord Howe Island and Rapa. Found on reef flats and lagoon and seaward coral and rocky reefs, as well as along drop-offs; juveniles in coral rubble areas of reef flats and lagoons, 1–50 m depth. Marine.