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By Bob Fenner

  Halichoeres ornatissimus

 

Halichoeres nebulosus (Valenciennes 1839), the Nebulous Wrasse. To 12 cm. Indo-West Pacific: throughout the tropical and subtropical Indian Ocean including the Red Sea. This one in Raja Ampat. http://fishbase.org/Summary/species Summary.php?ID=6663&genusname=Halichoeres&
speciesname=nebulosus

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Halichoeres nicholsi (Jordan & Gilbert 1882), the Spinster Wrasse. To 15 inches in length. Eastern Pacific; Mexico's Sea of Cortez to Panama and the Galapagos Islands.  http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?ID=13846&genusname=Halichoeres&speciesname=nicholsi Galapagos pic of a terminal phase individual.

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Halichoeres nigrescens (Bloch & Schneider 1801), Bubblefin wrasse. 14 cm. Indo-West Pacific. Bali 2014

 

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 S. Leyte, P.I. 2013


Halichoeres notospilus, Banded wrasse. To 10 in. Cortez to Panama, Peru... Puerto Vallarta terminal phase individual 2015

Halichoeres ornatissimus (Garrett 1863) is (one of) the three " Christmas Wrasses" (2), aka the Ornate Wrasse to science. This can be a very hardy fish should you secure an initially healthy specimen. Unfortunately, way to many are doomed from the trauma of rough handling through the collection process. To six inches. Below: Juvenile and adult Hawai'i and Aquarium photos. Indo-Pacific to Hawai'i, where it is best imported from.

Halichoeres pictus (Steindachner 1867), the Rainbow Wrasse. Tropical west Atlantic; Florida to northern South America. To 13 cm. in length. An initial phase individual and pair in Bonaire.

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Halichoeres podostigma (Bleeker 1854), the Axilspot Wrasse. Western Central Pacific; Indonesia, Philippines. To 12 inches in length. This one in S. Sulawesi. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/
speciesSummary.php?ID=4861&genusname=
Halichoeres&speciesname=podostigma

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Halichoeres poeyi (Poey 1860), the Rainbow Wrasse. Tropical west Atlantic; Florida to northern South America. To 13 cm. in length. Found in shallow muddy bays and grass beds. Photo at right of an intermediate phase individual in the Bahamas. Below: Juvenile, intermediate and terminal phases in St. Thomas. 

Halichoeres prosopeion (Bleeker 1853), the Two-tone Wrasse. Western Pacific. To five inches in length. An occasional import from a few countries. N. Sulawesi, Fiji and Australian photographs of very young, juvenile and adult.
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Halichoeres radiatus (Linnaeus 1758), the Puddingwife Wrasse (2), is another old standard from the tropical west Atlantic. Good looking when young, keep in mind this fish grows to twenty inches in the wild. Juveniles in Cozumel, sub-adults in St. Lucia and Cancun, Initial Phase off Cozumel. 2, 3, four, five and twelve inches respectively, and one off Bonaire. Terminal phase pix as framed landscape shots below.

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Halichoeres richmondi Fowler & Bean 1928; Richmond's Wrasse. To 19 cm. Western Pacific. Bali 2014.
Halichoeres scapularis (Bennett 1832), the Zigzag Wrasse. Indo-west Pacific including the Red Sea. To eight inches in length. An occasional import into the aquarium trade. A good sand sifter as most of the genus. Male in Pulau Redang, Malaysia, and female and terminal individuals in N. Sulawesi. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/ speciesSummary.php?ID=5633&genusname =Halichoeres&speciesname=scapularis


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Halichoeres semicinctus (Ayres 1859), the Rock Wrasse (3), I'll throw in because it's a cool water (found off of Southern California) fish that occasionally is wrongfully offered in the trade as a tropical. To fifteen inches in length. Female and male public aquarium (Birch, San Diego) shown.


Halichoeres trimaculatus (Quoy & Gaimard 1824), the Three-spot Wrasse. Indo-Pacific. To eleven inches in length. Adults in the Cook Islands and Fiji. This species used as food and occasionally in the aquarium trade.

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Halichoeres vrolikii (Bleeker 1853), the Indian Ocean Pinstriped Wrasse. Indo-West Pacific. To five inches in length. One in the Maldives, another in Raja Ampat, Indo. Only occasionally seen in the west.  http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/ speciesSummary.php?ID=25690&genusname= Halichoeres&speciesname=vrolikii


Halichoeres zeylonicus (Bennett 1833), the Goldstripe Wrasse. Indo-west Pacific, including the Red Sea. To eight inches in length. Aquarium and Maldives images. Initial phase individual below in Raja Ampat, terminal in Bali.

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Bibliography/Further Reading:

Michael, Scott W. 1997. Beautiful Wrasses. The unique species of the genus Halichoeres. AFM 3/97.

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