Halichoeres dispilus (Günther, 1864)
Chameleon wrasse
Halichoeres dispilus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 76 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Bahiá Independencia, Peru, including the Galapagos Islands (Ref. 5530).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Solitary (Ref. 5227).Inhabits shallow waters, over rocky or coral reefs separated by sandy areas (Ref. 9311). Feeds on small invertebrates found in the sand (Ref. 9311). Large specimens in the Gulf of California are known to feed on small blennioid fishes (Ref. 28023). Buries itself in the sand when disturbed and at night to sleep (Ref. 9311). Marketed fresh in local markets (Ref. 9311).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 23 May 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 12.08.93
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 29.06.00

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