Breastspot Cleanerfish, Labroides pectoralis Randall & Springer 1975


Other Names: Black-spot Cleaner Wrasse, Breastspot Cleaner Wrasse, False Bluestreak Wrasse, Gold Barrier Reef Cleaner, Spotbreast Cleanerfish, Yellow Cleaner, Yellow Cleaner Wrasse

A Breastspot Cleanerfish, Labroides pectoralis, at Marovo Island, Solomon Islands, November 2014. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A cleaner wrasse with a mostly yellow head and a large black spot below the pectoral fin base. Like other species of Labroides, the Breastspot Cleanerfish establishes "cleaning stations" and removes parasites from other fishes.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Labroides pectoralis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Jul 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/2297

Breastspot Cleanerfish, Labroides pectoralis Randall & Springer 1975

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Distribution

Offshore reefs of Western Australia (Rowley Shoals & Scott Reef), Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west-central Pacific. 
Inhabits coral-rich areas of clear lagoon and outer reefs. Individuals or pairs have "cleaning stations" in caves or along reef walls, removing parasites, dead tissue from wounds, and even food scraps from teeth or gills.

Features

Dorsal fin IX, 10-12; Anal fin III, 9-11; Lateral line scales 28 (+2 beyond the hypural).

Species Citation

Labroides pectoralis Randall & Springer 1975, Japan. Soc. Ichthyol. 25: 4, pl. 1. Type locality: Palau Islands. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Breastspot Cleanerfish, Labroides pectoralis Randall & Springer 1975

References


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Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1979. The Fishes of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Aust. Natl. Parks Wldlf. Ser. Spec. Publ. 2. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service 81 pp. 15 pls. 

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1988. Fishes of Christmas Island Indian Ocean. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 197 pp.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp.

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Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S .J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Fishes of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands: new records, community composition and biogeographic significance. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 203–219.

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. 

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Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E. & Springer, V.G. 1975. Labroides pectoralis, a new species of labrid fish from the tropical western Pacific. UO. Japanese Society of Ichthyologists 25: 4-11, 22 fig. 1 pl. 1

Ryan, S. & Clarke, K. 2005. Ecological assessment of the Queensland marine aquarium fish fishery. A report to the Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage on the ecologically sustainable management of the Queensland marine aquarium harvest fishery. 78 pp. PDF

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Victor, B.C. 1986. Duration of the planktonic larval stage of one hundred species of Pacific and Atlantic wrasses (family Labridae). Marine Biology 90(3)  :317-326.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37384131

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-28 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL

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