Animal Species:Cigar Wrasse, Cheilio inermis (Osbeck, 1765)
The Cigar Wrasse is found on coral reefs down to a depth of 30 m, but is most often seen in shallower areas of algae and seagrass. The species eats a range of foods including molluscs, crustaceans and sea urchins. It occurs in tropical marine waters throughout the Indo-Pacific.
Standard Common Name
The Cigar Wrasse can be recognised by its long snout and very elongate, cylindrical body.
Its colouration is variable, usually mottled brown, green or yellow. Juveniles sometimes have a black stripe along the side of the body. Large adults develop a salmon pink to orange blotch on the side of the body near the tip of the pectoral fin.
It grows to 50 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical marine waters throughout the Indo-Pacific.
In Australia it is known from the central Western Australian coast, around the tropical north of the country, and south to the central coast of New South Wales.
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.
Distribution by collection data
The Cigar Wrasse is found on coral reefs down to a depth of 30 m, but is most often seen in shallower areas of algae and seagrass.
Feeding and Diet
The species eats a range of foods including molluscs, crustaceans and sea urchins.
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- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.