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Species: Halichoeres chierchiae, Wounded wrasse

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IP: green & brown + reddish bars & fins
TP: green + black & red blotch on back
juvenile: brownish + small ocellus on D

Halichoeres chierchiae Di Caporiacco, 1947

Wounded 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, 11; anal rays III, 12; pectoral rays 13; lateral line unbroken, but abruptly bent down under rear of dorsal fin, its tubes branched, except those on tail base; lateral line with 26-27 pored scales.

IP: with greenish-brown midlateral stripe intersecting with dark bars and blotches on upper half of body, lower portion of head and body pale yellow green; TP: mainly bluish on upper half with green blotches, yellow on lower half; a black blotch above tip of pectoral fins, a similar-sized patch of bright red immediately behind this; fins reddish; juvenile color pattern is similar to that of  H. nicholsi, except it is darker, and the ocellus on the dorsal fin is smaller and less well defined.

Size: attains at least 20 cm.

Habitat: common on shallow rocky reefs with occasional sand-rubble patches.

Depth: 1-70 m.

Southern  Baja and the Gulf of California to northern Peru, and the Revillagigedos and the Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 70