Blackmargin Maori Wrasse, Oxycheilinus nigromarginatus Click to enlarge image
A juvenile Blackmargin Maori Wrasse at a depth of 5 m, Horseshoe Reef, far northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, December 1999. Thank you to J. Randall (BPBM) for assistance with identifying this fish. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    nigromarginatus
    Genus
    Oxycheilinus
    Family
    Labridae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to at least 16 cm in standard length.

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.

Habitat

It is found on coral reefs and inshore rock reefs.

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.



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.