Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Online Information System
Updated: 06/12/2008  

Contributors | Glossary | Settings  
Home General
What Fish is That?The FishesLibraryRandom ImagesGlossaryResearch Engine

Species Information          
Book mode off
  Book mode off  
Perciformes  -  Labridae  -  Halichoeres  -  Halichoeres aestuaricola

Halichoeres aestuaricola

All Families(148) All Genera(504) All Species(1287)
TP: grey-green, head reddish
IP: grey + 2 black spots - D & C base



Halichoeres aestuaricola Bussing, 1972

Mangrove wrasse

Moderately elongate,
 compressed; enlarged canine teeth at front of both jaws (1 pair above, 2 pairs below), a canine at rear of top jaws; dorsal fin IX (rarely VIII), 11; anal rays III, 11 or 12; pectoral rays 12-14; lateral line unbroken, but abruptly bent down under rear of dorsal fin, its tubes branched, except those on tail base; lateral line with 27-28 pored scales.

IP:  mauve greyish with yellowish suffusion on middle of side; dorsal and anal fins yellowish; a black spot on middle of dorsal fin and upper base of caudal fin; TP:  grey-brown tinted with mauve; head blue grey to pinkish; most of fins yellowish, base of dorsal fin and lower one-fourth of caudal fin dusky mauve.

Size: grows to at least 30 cm.

Inhabits shallow mangrove areas and tidal creeks.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Central eastern Gulf of California to Colombia.

  WoRMS FishBase Search OBIS Search
ITIS Catalog of Fishes Encyclopedia of Life

Questions or comments

Email STRI data manager

Print Friendly Version

© Copyright 2008 to 2015 - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Programmed by Coeus Knowledge Systems Pty Ltd