Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
Etymology: Labropsis: Greek, labrax, -akos = a fish, Dicentrarchus labrax + Greek,opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 4 - 52 m (Ref. 1602). Tropical; 19°N - 12°S
Western Central Pacific: Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Palau, and Marshall Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
soft rays: 9 - 10;
Vertebrae: 25. Male differ from female in lacking the dark spot above origin of anal fin, the 1 or 2 narrow dark stripes anteriorly on body, and the dark spot anteriorly on the dorsal fin. Posterior caudal peduncle and fin white; upper and lower procurrent caudal rays usually 7. Preopercular margin free from corner to level of mouth; suborbital pores 7-9; preopercular pores 8-11.
Occurs in lagoon and seaward reefs, in areas with dense coral growth (Ref. 9710) and on steep slopes, solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Probably feeds on coral polyps (Ref. 6023). Juveniles clean other fishes.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Randall, J.E., 1981. Revision of the labrid fish genus Labropsis with description of five new species. Micronesica 17(1-2):125-155. (Ref. 2137)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.3 - 29, mean 28.3 (based on 272 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00490 - 0.02135), b=3.05 (2.87 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.61 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .