Animal Species:Blackmargin Maori Wrasse, Oxycheilinus nigromarginatus Randall, Westneat & Gomon, 2003

Juvenile Blackmargin Maori Wrasse

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Standard Common Name

Blackmargin Maori Wrasse

Identification

The Blackmargin Maori Wrasse can be recognised by its colouration. Adults are reddish with four irregular white bands on the upper sides of the body. The species name nigromarginatus comes from Latin and refers to the black margin of caudal fin of adults.

Size range

It grows to at least 16 cm in standard length.

Distribution

The species occurs in tropical and subtropical waters of the south-west Pacific. In Australia it is known from the northern Great Barrier Reef and Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Oxycheilinus nigromarginatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Blackmargin Maori Wrasse specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Habitat

It is found on coral reefs and inshore rock reefs.

Classification

Species:
nigromarginatus
Genus:
Oxycheilinus
Family:
Labridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Randall, J.E., Westneat, M.W. & M. F. Gomon. 2003. Two new labrid fishes of the genus Oxycheilinus from the South Pacific. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 54(20): 361-370.


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