Cheilio inermis (Forsskål, 1775)
Cheilio inermis (Forsskål, 1775)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Cheilio inermis

English Name: Cigar wrasse

Creole Name: Pes madanm

French Name: Longue girelle

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 12-13; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 11-12.

An elongate, very slender wrasse with a long snout and large lips. Colour varies: green, brown, orange-brown or yellow sometimes with a broad dark mid-lateral stripe.  
Juveniles are mottled green or brown. Large males often develop bright yellow, orange, black, white, or multi-coloured blotches on the sides.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 50cm TL. Commonly to 35cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits seagrass beds and algal-covered flats, occasionally in lagoon and seaward reefs (depth 1-30m).  Juveniles secretive in seagrasses or attached Sargassum; adults 
usually in small loose aggregations, but occasionally form large schools to spawn. Feeds mostly on hard-shelled invertebrates including molluscs, crustaceans and sea urchins. 
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in nets, but is an uncommon component of the catch.






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Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Cheilio inermis, Cigar wrasse. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 09/07/22).

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