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Genus Halichoeres, Part 2

To: Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX

 

By Bob Fenner

 
Halichoeres chloropterus (Bloch 1791), the Pastel Green Wrasse. Indo-Australia; Philippines to the GBR. To nearly eight inches in length. One off of Pulau Redang, Malaysia, another in a reef tank in Toronto. Initial phase individual below, from Raja Ampat, Indo.

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Halichoeres chrysus Randall 1981 (1), is a fish of two "good" and one bad common name. It should be called the Golden or Canary Wrasse for its bright bold sun-yellow color, but is most often listed as the Yellow Coris Wrasse (Arggghhh!, it is not a Coris genus member of course). This is an exemplary aquarium species that is suitable for peaceful fish-only and reef systems. To a mere 4 inches or so total length. Aquarium juv. (and adult below) & S. Sulawesi photos. Eastern Indian Ocean distribution. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=4855&genusname=Halichoeres&speciesname=chrysus

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Halichoeres cosmetus Randall & Smith 1982, the Adorned Wrasse. To 11 cm. Mauritius 2016 pix of a juv and initial phase individuals.
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Halichoeres cyanocephalus (Bloch 1791), the Yellowcheek Wrasse. West Atlantic. To six inches in length. This terminal phase individual off of Cozumel. And a nice supermale sent in by JonP... below

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Halichoeres dispilus (Gunther 1864), the Chameleon Wrasse. Tropical Eastern Pacific; Sea of Cortez to Peru, including the Galapagos. Solitary to small (three to five) numbers in a "traveling, feeding" group. Pick organisms out of the substrate. To ten inches in length. At right a male and female from Cabo San Lucas area, Mexico's Baja. Below, initial phase,  male and early terminal male in the Galapagos.

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