Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
(Wrasses) > Cheilininae
Etymology: Pseudocheilinus: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, cheilos = lip (Ref. 45335). More on author: Jordan, Evermann.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 6 - 61 m (Ref. 33410), usually ? - 20 m (Ref. 1602). Tropical; 23°C - 28°C (Ref. 27115), preferred ?; 33°N - 24°S
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa (Ref. 35918) and the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to the Izu Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)
soft rays: 9. Body red to orange-red with about 25 fine white longitudinal lines; pale blue to bluish white streak from the mouth's corner to almost upper corner of preopercle. Interrupted lateral line, anterior tubed scales 14-17 (modally 16). Scales on cheek, 2 horizontal rows (3 anteriorly) (Ref. 33410).
Found among patches of rubble or among branching coral of seaward reef slopes from 6 to at least 40 m (Ref. 9710, 58302). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Rare in less than 20 m (Ref. 1602). Generally solitary and feeds on small benthic invertebrates (Ref. 9710). Secretive (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Randall, J.E., 1999. Revision of the Indo-Pacific labrid fishes of the genus Pseudocheilinus, with descriptions of three new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (28):34 p. (Ref. 33410)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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