Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 13 - 100 m (Ref. 9710). Subtropical; 20°S - 47°S
Western Pacific: New Caledonia, New South Wales in Australia, Norfolk Island, northeast coast of New Zealand, and Kermadec Islands (Ref. 8879). Also recorded in Japan (Ref. 59123) and Ogasawara Is. (Ref. 26066).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
soft rays: 10;
Vertebrae: 25. Head with two slightly oblique blue bands extending downward from lower part of opercle onto inter opercle. Dorsal fin red, base and postventral part, yellowish; anal fin deep burgundy-red; caudal fin upper part yellow, lower red; pectorals hyaline with thin red lines on rays, base yellow; pelvic fins blue. With five predorsal scales (rarely 3 or 4); two cheek scale rows behind the eye, three below the eye.
Occurs inshore (Ref. 75154). Found in sand patches of shallow reefs but has been reported to occur up to a depth of 100 m (Ref. 530). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Russell, B.C., 1985. Revision of the Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Suezichthys, with descriptions of four new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (2):21 p. (Ref. 530)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 17.6 - 24.3, mean 20.2 (based on 13 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00181 - 0.01102), b=3.14 (2.92 - 3.36), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
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 (23 of 100) .