English : New Guinea wrasse
French : Labre de Nouvelle Guinée
Class : Teleostei
Order : Eupercaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Labridae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can grow to 20 cm in length. Juveniles are pearly grey with white spots on flanks. Back, top of head and dorsal fins black-blue with two rings. Adults lose the rings and top part becomes dark blue. Fins colored bright red.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in the western Pacific Ocean, from Izu islands (Japan) and Taiwan to Philippines, south to New Caledonia, east to Fiji and Tonga. Lives in shallow coral reefs with sandy and rubble areas, also reef crests, to 30 m.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is relatively common in suitable habitats but is still extensively trapped for the trade. Sustainability of this catching needs investigation.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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