Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
(Wrasses) > Corinae
Etymology: Macropharyngodon: Greek, makros = great + Greek, pharyngx = pharynx + Greek,odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range ? - 30 m. Subtropical, preferred ?
Western Indian Ocean: from Zanzibar to Mozambique and Aldabra, Sychelles, Réunion, Mauritius and Maldives, South Africa (Kwa-Zulu-Natal), Chagos Archipelago, southern Oman, Rodrigues, and Yemen.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30573)
Inhabits lagoon and sheltered seaward reefs (Ref. 9710). Occurs singly or in pairs; females often found in small groups (Ref. 9710). Feeds on invertebrates by picking items from the substratum. Burrows in the sand at the sign of danger (Ref. 5503).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Randall, J.E., 1978. A revision of the Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Macropharyngodon, with descriptions of five new species. Bull. Mar. Sci. 28(4):742-770. (Ref. 2694)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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