Cheek-ring Wrasse (species: Halichoeres miniatus) in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Halichoeres miniatus
Cheek-ring Wrasse


©Paul Asman: Male Halichoeres miniatus in the Lizard Island lagoon. Note circular marking on cheek.

©Paul Asman: Male Halichoeres miniatus in the Lizard Island lagoon.

©Paul Asman: Female Halichoeres miniatus in the Lizard Island lagoon.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Halichoeres
Species Halichoeres miniatus

Colours

                        

Distinguishing features

Males have a distinctive pink/orange circular mark on cheek. Females are grey/green with darker stripes following scale rows on upper back, paler below with pink stripes, and with a short dark curved bar behind the eye.

Size

  • Up to 14 cm (length according to Allen and Erdmann, 2012)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.

Synonyms

Distribution


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources

References

References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.

Other references

  • Bellwood, D.R. and P.C. Wainwright (2001). Locomotion in labrid fishes: implications for habitat use and cross-shelf biogeography on the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reefs, 20: 139-150. LIRS catalog number 787.
  • McCormick, M.I., C.A. Ryen, P.L. Munday and S.P.W. Walker (2010). Differing mechanisms underlie sexual size-dimorphism in two populations of a sex-changing fish, PLoS One, 5: e10616. LIRS catalog number 1322.
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