English : Lyretail hogfish
French : Pourceau à queue en lyre
Class : Teleostei
Order : Eupercaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Labridae
Notes : No subspecies known.
The species grows to 24 cm in length. Unmistakable coloration with first half of body bright orange and last part white with black spots, both areas separated by curved oblique black band. Elongated tail, fins with thick brown edge.
Range and habitat
The species is found in the Indo-Pacific region, from Red Sea and east Africa to south Japan, New Caledonia, east to the Line and Tuamoto Islands. Lives in seaward reefs, in steep outer reef slopes with lots of gorgonians, to 60 m.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : This species has a large range and can be locally common but the trend of its populations isn’t studied. Vulnerable to loss of habitat.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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