(Randall & Yamakawa, 1988)
English : Redback longface wrasse
French : Colombine à dos rouge
Class : Teleostei
Order : Eupercaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Labridae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach 32 cm in length. Cylindrical body. Juveniles are white with yellow tail and broad longitudinal red-orange bands. Adults are entirely orange-red with white chin, belly and anal fin. Head is elongated with protruding lips.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in the western Pacific ocean from south Japan to Indonesia. Lives in seaward reefs, in mixed sand, rubble and coral areas, from 15 to 40 m.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is globally rare within its range and lives at great depths. Only accidentally collected and not impacted by the aquarium trade.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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