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); 33°N - 24°S
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).
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa (Ref. 35918) and the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to the Izu Islands.
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .