Halichoeres papilionaceus (Valenciennes, 1839)
Weed wrasse
photo by Bos, A.R.

 Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
 Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 4 m
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Sumatra, Indonesia to the Santa Cruz Islands (Solomon Islands), north to the Philippines. Palau in Micronesia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 12-12
 Biology:  Found in shallow sheltered rocky areas and reef flats (Ref. 34765), also in seagrass beds and weedy areas, solitary or in small groups (Ref. 90102).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   

 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 10.07.00
 Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 24.07.13

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