Cheilinus fasciatus (Bloch, 1791)
Redbreasted wrasse
Cheilinus fasciatus
photo by Randall, J.E.

 Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Cheilininae
 Max. size:  40 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 4 - 60 m
 Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Micronesia and Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands (Ref. 1602).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Small juveniles often mistaken for Wetmorella sp. Because of the thin vertical white barring. Large individuals develop bright red areas and males have extended caudal fin lobes (Ref. 48636).
 Biology:  Adults inhabit lagoon and seaward reefs, usually in areas with mixed coral, sand, and rubble (Ref. 9710). Feed mainly on benthic, hard-shelled invertebrates, including mollusks, crustaceans and sea urchins (Ref. 5374). Young common on silty reefs, usually along edges with algae-rubble and sand (Ref. 48636). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.06.92
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.07.11
 Checked by: Westneat, Mark - 03.10.95

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