Terelabrus rubrovittatus Randall & Fourmanoir, 1998
White-striped hogfish
Terelabrus rubrovittatus
photo by Fourmanoir, P.

 Family:  Labridae (Wrasses)
 Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 50 - 100 m
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Palau.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 12-12. Body elongate, depth 6.2-6.3 in SL; head and anterior body cylindrical; eye large, 3.55-4.2 in HL; interorbital space nearly flat, 5.0-5.5 in HL; two pairs of large, well-space, recurved canine teeth anteriorly in each jaw; remaining conical teeth uniserial and small except for canine at corner of mouth; distinctive red-striped pattern consisting of midlateral red stripe from front of lips, faintly through eye, and continuing to end of caudal fin and a narrow red stripe dorsally on head and body.
 Biology:  Deep coastal to outer reef habitats. First found in about 100 m, specimens have since been found much shallower and ranging as far north as Japan. A second new species in the genus was recently found in the Maldives (Ref. 48636).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 24.04.02
 Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.03.16

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