Redbreast Maori Wrasse, Cheilinus fasciatus (Bloch 1791)

Other Names: Banded Maori, Banded Maori-wrasse, Redbreasted Maori Wrasse, Redbreasted Wrasse, Scarlet-breasted Maori Wrasse

A male Redbreast Maori Wrasse, Cheilinus fasciatus, at Osprey Reef, Queensland. Source: Dave Harasti. License: All rights reserved

A brownish to blackish wrasse with 6-7 whitish vertical bars or bands on the sides, a bright reddish-orange area on the head and fine orange lines radiating from the eyes. Large adults have a prominent lower jaw, and males develop elongated caudal-fin lobes.

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Redbreast Maori Wrasse, Cheilinus fasciatus (Bloch 1791)

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Widespread in the Indo-west-central Pacific from East Africa to Micronesia, Samoa and the Marshall Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, and Australia and New Caledonia. Inhabits coastal, lagoon and seaward reefs, usually in areas with mixed coral, sand and rubble.


Feeds mostly on small hard-shelled invertebrates, such as molluscs, crustaceans and sea urchins.


Of minor commercial importance in Australia, and also taken by recreational anglers.


Dianne J. Bray

Redbreast Maori Wrasse, Cheilinus fasciatus (Bloch 1791)


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CAAB Code:37384066

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:4-60 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:51 cm TL

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