Halichoeres leucurus (Walbaum, 1792)
Greyhead wrasse
Halichoeres leucurus
photo by Cook, D.C.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  13 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 15 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Philippines to New Guinea, north to the Yaeyama Islands, south to Flores, Indonesia. Palau in Micronesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-13; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 13-13. Males recognized by the grey-looking head when seen in natural light. Body with lined pattern until female stage. Males with orange spots along scale rows (Ref. 48636).
Biology:  Found in coral-rich lagoon and inner channel reefs to at least 15 m depth (Ref. 34765); in mixed coral and algae habitats (Ref. 48636). May be found solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Feeds on small benthic invertebrates.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 10.07.00
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 17.01.14

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