Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    fasciatus
    Genus
    Cheilinus
    Family
    Labridae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 36 cm in length.

Introduction

The Redbreast Maori Wrasse can be recognised by its distinctive colouration. The species occurs throughout the tropical Indo-west Pacific.

Identification

The Redbreast Maori Wrasse can be recognised by its distinctive colouration. The body has six to seven white vertical bars on a red-brown background. The area around the pectoral fin is yellow to orange. The bodies of large males are almost black, with white vertical bars and red colouration on the front of the body and operculum.

It has dorsal and anal fins that are pointed posteriorly.

Distribution

The Redbreast Maori Wrasse occurs throughout the tropical Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it is recorded off north-western Western Australia and on the Great Barrier Reef and offshore islands of Queensland.

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.

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Ozcam map of Redbreast Maori specimens in the Australian Museum. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Cheilinus%20fasciatus&zoom=off#mapView

References

  1. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.