Ten-tooth Wrasse, Decodon pacificus (Kamohara 1952)

Other Names: Pacific Bare Teeth Wrasse, Pacific Wrasse, Redback Longtooth Wrasse, Ten Tooth Wrasse

A Ten-tooth Wrasse, Decodon pacificus, from Taiwan. Source: K.-T. Shao, Academia Sinica / Fish Database of Taiwan. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pinkish wrasse with a yellow back interrupted by four irregular pale pinkish saddles, two bright yellow oblique bands below the eye, pinkish dorsal and anal fins becoming yellow posteriorly, and a yellow caudal fin with a pink base.

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Ten-tooth Wrasse, Decodon pacificus (Kamohara 1952)

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East of Dunk Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific - Myanmar, Japan, Taiwan and New Caledonia.
Reportedly inhabits mixed reef and sand areas.


Body moderately elongate, depth ~3.3 in SL; eye large, laterally-directed, high on head, slightly less in diameter than snout length; mouth small, upper jaw reaching to level of anterior half of eye, upper lip overhanging lower lip. Caudal peduncle broad, dorsal and ventral profiles distinctly concave. 


The species is named pacificus presumably in reference to its occurrence in the Pacific Ocean off Japan.

Species Citation

Verreo pacificus Kamohara 1952, Reports of the Kôchi University, Natural Science 3: 54. Type locality: Mimase, Kochi Prefecture, Japan.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Ten-tooth Wrasse, Decodon pacificus (Kamohara 1952)


Gomon, M.F. 1997. Relationships of fishes of the labrid tribe Hypsigenyini. Bulletin of Marine Science 60(3): 789-871.

Hsuan-Ching Ho, H.-C. & Lin, C.T. 2016. New records of three coral reef fishes from the Kenting National Park, Taiwan. Platax 13: 79-83. See ref online

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics 398 pp.

Masuda, H., Amaoka, K., Araga, C., Uyeno, T. & Yoshino, T. (eds) 1984. The Fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Tokyo : Tokai University Press Vol. 1–2 437 pp.

Russell, B. 2010. Decodon pacificus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187700A8605700. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T187700A8605700.en. Downloaded on 27 August 2020.

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CAAB Code:37384101

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:200-220 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:16 cm SL

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