Oxycheilinus bimaculatus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Oxycheilinus bimaculatus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Oxycheilinus bimaculatus

English Name: Two-spot wrasse

Creole Name:

French Name: Labre à queue de comète

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 10-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 8.

Relatively small wrasse. Mouth terminal or lower jaw slightly projecting. Females have a rounded caudal fin while males have a rhomboid caudal fin, with 
central rays longest, and dorsal-most caudal-fin ray elongated into a short filament.

Colour: Males are reddish to greenish-brown with irregular brownish bars along the side, a large reddish patch above the pectoral fin, and a blue spot 
at the front of the dorsal fin. Females are brown to reddish-brown with pale and dark flecks and blotches, and indistinct fine white bars along the side. 
Juveniles have a broad, dark mid-lateral stripe that breaks into dark blotches in adults, the largest above the pectoral-fin tip. 


Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 15.0 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

This species inhabits clear lagoon and seaward reefs, over rubble or sand, also found in seagrass beds, from (2-110 m). Oviparous. Forms pairs during 
courtship and spawning.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery.


Photographed off Northwest Mahé, Seychelles.


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Cheilinus bimaculatus Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1840, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 14: 96. Type locality: Hawaiian Islands.
Froese, R. & D. Pauly. (Eds.) (2022). FishBase. https://www.fishbase.se/summary/oxycheilinus-bimaculatus (25/09/22).  
Mason-Parker, C. et al. (2021). Oxycheilinus bimaculatus in Reef Fishes of Seychelles. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd, UK.
McGrouther, M. (2021). Little Maori Wrasse, Oxycheilinus bimaculatus. https://australian.museum/learn/animals/fishes/little-maori-wrasse-oxycheilinus-bimaculatus/ (26/09/22). 
To, A. et al. (2010). Oxycheilinus bimaculatus. The IUCN Red List 2010: https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T187523A8557703.en. (25/09/22).


Mason-Parker, C. & Nevill, J.E.G. (2022). Oxycheilinus bimaculatus, Two-spot wrasse. Seychelles Seatizens. www.seatizens.sc. https://seatizens.sc/species/oxycheilinus-bimaculatus-valenciennes-1840/

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