Chiseltooth Wrasse, Pseudodax moluccanus (Valenciennes 1840)

Other Names: Chisel-tooth Wrasse

A Chiseltooth Wrasse, Pseudodax moluccanus, in the Red sea at Marsa Alam, Egypt. Source: BBM Explorer / Flickr / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A greyish to reddish-brown wrasse with a dark streak or spot on each body scale, a blue streak above a yellow upper lip, blue teeth, and a black caudal fin with a blue margin. Juveniles are pale blue with a broad midbody stripe, and subadults have a yellow band on the tail base.
Juveniles resemble cleaner wrasse of the genus Labroides and also remove external parasites form other fishes.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Pseudodax moluccanus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Dec 2022,

Chiseltooth Wrasse, Pseudodax moluccanus (Valenciennes 1840)


Sadovy, Y., Pollard, D. & Rocha, L.A. 2010. Pseudodax moluccanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 6 March 2015.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384146

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

Species Image Gallery

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map