Eightline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus octotaenia Jenkins 1901


Other Names: Eight-line Wrasse, Eightlined Wrasse, Eight-lined Wrasse, Eightstripe Wrasse

An Eightline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus octotaenia, in French Polynesia, 2018. Source: Robert Fenner / Wet Web Media http://www.wetwebmedia.com/. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A reddish to yellowish wrasse with about eight narrow purplish stripes along sides, the uppermost three stripes extending onto the head, small yellow spots on the cheek and gill cover, and sometimes large yellow blotches or dashes along the body.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Pseudocheilinus octotaenia in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1252

Eightline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus octotaenia Jenkins 1901

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Distribution

Offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and Reefs in the Coral Sea; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands and Ducie (Pitcairn Group), north to southern Japan, south to Tonga and Austral Islands.
Inhabits rubble and live coral areas on seaward reefs, usually in caves and crevices with rich invertebrate growth.

Feeding

Feeds mostly on benthic crustaceans, and also consumes small molluscs, sea urchins, fish eggs, fish, copepods and crab larvae.

Etymology

The specific name octotaenia is from the Latin octo (= eight) and taenia (= ribbon) in reference to the "conspicuous dark longitudinal band running along center of each row of scales, making eight bands on side of body."

Species Citation

Pseudocheilinus octotaenia Jenkins 1901, Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission 19: 64, fig. 22. Type locality: Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaiian Islands.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2020

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Eightline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus octotaenia Jenkins 1901

References


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CAAB Code:37384144

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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