Halichoeres iridis Randall & Smith, 1982
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  11.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 6 - 43 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: East African coast south to Natal, South Africa; also from Madagascar, Seychelles and Chagos Archipelago.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 12-12. Head orange-yellow with greenish bands and a black spot behind eye; body brown, females with a red band on back (Ref. 4392).
Biology:  Inhabits steep seaward reefs, in sand and rubble areas (Ref. 9710).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 13.02.95
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 17.04.97
Checked by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 05.09.95

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