Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
Etymology: Labropsis: Greek, labrax, -akos = a fish, Dicentrarchus labrax + Greek,opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 30 m, usually 5 - 20 m (Ref. 27115). Tropical; 24°C - 27°C (Ref. 27115)
Eastern Indian Ocean: Scott Reef (Ref. 37816). Western Pacific: Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710); common length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2137)
soft rays: 10;
Vertebrae: 25. Body of male orangish in life; large females similar in body color with males except for the absence of the large orange area beneath and around the pectoral fin base and the black spot on the dorsal fin. Inconspicuous stripes on head of females; juveniles and small females with 3 broad black stripes on head and body, separated by narrow pale blue stripes. Posterior caudal peduncle and fin principally dark brown or black. Juveniles nearly identical to juveniles of Diproctacanthus but have a longer dorsal fin (Ref. 48636).
Occurs solitary or in small groups (Ref. 90102) in rich coral reefs in clear coastal to outer reef habitats. Adults feed on coral polyps but may also clean (Ref. 48636). Minimum depth range from Ref. 27115.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Randall, J.E., 1981. Revision of the labrid fish genus Labropsis with description of five new species. Micronesica 17(1-2):125-155. (Ref. 2137)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 22.9 - 28.9, mean 27.8 (based on 532 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00490 - 0.02135), b=3.05 (2.87 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.61 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 (22 of 100) .