Westneat, M.W., 2001. Labridae. Wrasses, hogfishes, razorfishes, corises, tuskfishes.. p. 3381-3467. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) >
(Wrasses) > Bodianinae
, from the Portuguese
, meaning modesty (Jordan & Evermann, 1896).
Name from Greek
for slanting, and feminine noun
or belt, referring to the prominent black oblique band posteriorly on the body of adults of this species (Ref.
. More on author:
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 100 m (Ref.
), usually 3 - 40 m (Ref.
). Tropical; 25°C - 28°C (Ref.
); 37°N - 35°S, 101°E - 130°W
Western Pacific: eastward to French Polynesia, north to Japan, south to New Caledonia. Myers & Lieske 1994 (Ref.
) list the subspecies
as occurring from Vietnam to the Marshall Islands and Tonga, north to the Ryukyu and Ogasawara Islands and the subspecies
as occurring in the Line and Cook Islands and French Polynesia. Reports of
) from SW Indian Ocean may be referring to this species.
Size / Weight / Age
range ? - ? cm
Max length : 47.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref.
: 11 - 12. Adults usually with a large black blotch on the back, extending along the lower lobe of the tail fin to the black ventral fins, but reduced to a small patch in large males (Ref.
). Often misidentified as
(Lacepede, 1801) (Ref.
Adults inhabit clear lagoon and seaward reefs (Ref.
), on slopes or along upper part of drop-offs (Ref.
). Feed mainly on benthic, hard-shelled, invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans (Ref.
). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref.
Preferred temperature (Ref.
): 24.6 - 28.8, mean 27.6 (based on 668 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref.
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00556 - 0.02601), b=3.05 (2.87 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref.
Trophic Level (Ref.
): 3.6 ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
): Moderate vulnerability (44 of 100) .
Price category (Ref.
Torres, Armi G.
Luna, Susan M.
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