Cockerel Wrasse, Pteragogus enneacanthus (Bleeker 1853)

Other Names: Cockatiel-fish, Flagfin Wrasse, Redstriped Wrasse

A Cockerel Wrasse, Pteragogus enneacanthus, at Puerto Galera, Philippines. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved

A mottled reddish-brown wrasse with fine white stripes along the sides, dark spots or blotches along the lateral line that may form a narrow dark stripe, and an uneven dark ocellus in a reddish patch on the gill cover. Males have filamentous tips on the first two dorsal-fin spines.

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Cockerel Wrasse, Pteragogus enneacanthus (Bleeker 1853)

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Houtman Abrolhos islands to the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Western Pacific, from Indonesia to Tonga, north to Kagoshima, Japan, and south to Australia.

A solitary secretive wrasse, usually sheltering in weedy areas and amongst hard and soft corals.


Collected for the aquarium trade and taken in multi-species fisheries.

Species Citation

Crenilabrus enneacanthus Bleeker, 1853, Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 4: 120. Type locality: Ambon Island, Molucca Islands, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2016

Cockerel Wrasse, Pteragogus enneacanthus (Bleeker 1853)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384153

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL

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