Violetline Maori Wrasse, Oxycheilinus digramma (Lacepède 1801)

Other Names: Cheeklined Maori, Cheeklined Maori Wrasse, Cheek-lined Maori-wrasse, Cheeklined Wrasse, Cheek-lined Wrasse, Violet-lined Maori Wrasse

A male Violetline Maori Wrasse, Oxycheilinus digramma, at Bunaken, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source: BBM Explorer / Flickr / License: CC BY Attribution

A highly variable wrasse with fine dark diagonal bands on the lower cheek and gill cover. Males are often greenish-grey above becoming pinkish red or whitish below, with a pale lips and dark vertical lone on each scale margin. Females are mottled with  two broad reddish bands on the lower part of the body and a red blotch on the pelvic fin base. Juveniles have a broad orange to brownish mid-lateral stripe with two small dark spots on the rear of this stripe.
Male Violetline Maori Wrasse fighting at South West Pinnacle, Koh Tao, Thailand

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Dianne J. Bray, Oxycheilinus digramma in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Jul 2024,

Violetline Maori Wrasse, Oxycheilinus digramma (Lacepède 1801)

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Occurs on offshore reefs in Western Australia, and on the Great Barrier Reef Queensland. Elsewhere, widespread in the Indo-West Pacific. Inhabits rich coral areas on coastal and offshore reefs, often amongst soft corals and 


Protogynous hermaphrodites - changing sex from female to male during their life cycle.


Dianne J. Bray

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384065

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-60 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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