Sixline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia (Bleeker 1857)

Other Names: Six-line Wrasse, Six-lined Wrasse, Sixstripe Wrasse

A Sixline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, March 2003. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A very small violet wrasse with six orange stripes along sides, a small ocellus on the upper part of the caudal-fin base, a blue stripe along the anal-fin base, and a blue streak on the pelvic fin.

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Sixline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia (Bleeker 1857)

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Ningaloo Reef and offshore Reefs of Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, reefs in the Coral Sea, and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Species Citation

Cheilinus hexataenia Bleeker 1857, Acta Societatis Scientiarum Indo-Neerlandicae 2: 84. Type locality: Ambon, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Sixline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia (Bleeker 1857)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384143

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-35 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7.5 cm TL

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