Stethojulis maculata Schmidt, 1931
Stethojulis maculata
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  16 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13. Initial phase brownish above, paler underside marked with a series of dark spots following scale rows, often appearing as a cross-hatched pattern. Below eye with distinct yellow line. Terminal phase with olivaceous dorsally, pale ventrally, with a series of 4 large vertically elongate blackish bars on side of body from beneath pectoral fins to above first 3 anal-fin rays. A bright yellow spot posterior to upper gill opening (Ref 9823).
Biology:  Retires in the sand at night.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 March 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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