Cheek-ring Wrasse, Halichoeres miniatus (Valenciennes 1839)

Other Names: Circle-cheek Wrasse, Spotted-finned Rainbow-fish

A terminal-phase (male) Cheek-ring Wrasse, Halichoeres miniatus. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

Males have a ring pattern on the cheek, while females have pink bellies with fine white lines along the scales.

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Cheek-ring Wrasse, Halichoeres miniatus (Valenciennes 1839)

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Abundant and widespread on very shallow algal covered coastal reefs.


Dianne J. Bray

Cheek-ring Wrasse, Halichoeres miniatus (Valenciennes 1839)


Choat, J.H. 2010. Halichoeres miniatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187634A8586334. . Downloaded on 09 November 2015.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Fairy and rainbow wrasses and their relatives – a comprehensive guide to selected labrids. TMC Publishing, Chorleywood, UK.

Kuiter, R.H. & Randall, J.E. 1981. Three look-alike Indo-Pacific labrid fishes, Halichoeres margaritaceus, H. nebulosus and H. miniatus. Revue française d'Aquariologie 8(1): 13-18.

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CAAB Code:37384117

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-8 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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