Chain-lined Wrasse

Halichoeres leucurus

''Halichoeres leucurus'' is a marine fish commonly known as greyhead wrasse. They are harmless to humans and have a size of around 9–13 cm.
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Appearance

They have 9 dorsal spines, 13 Dorsal soft rays, 3 anal spines, and 13 anal soft rays. Males are recognized by the grey head when seen in natural light. Body has a lined pattern until female stage. Males have orange spots along scale rows.

Behavior

''Halichoeres leucurus'' can be found in coral-rich lagoon and inner channel reefs 1–15 meters deep in mixed coral and algae habitats. These fish may be found solitary or in pairs. They feed on small benthic invertebrates like nematodes, flatworms, gastrotichs, freshwater mussels, oligochaetes, and some amphipods.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderLabriformes
FamilyLabridae
GenusHalichoeres
SpeciesH. leucurus
Photographed in
Indonesia