Halichoeres cosmetus Randall & Smith, 1982
Adorned wrasse
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  13 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 31 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: south to Natal, South Africa (Ref. 4392). Reported from Socotra Archipelago (Ref. 37631).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 11-11
Biology:  Common on shallow coral and rocky reefs (Ref. 9710). Found solitary or in small loose groups in mixed coral and rubble areas of lagoons and outer slopes 2-30 m deep (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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