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Redbreast Maori Wrasse

( Cheilinus fasciatus )

Male (terminal phase) featured above, female (initial phase) featured below.


Other names

Redbreasted Maori Wrasse, Redbreasted Wrasse, Scarlet-breasted Maori Wrasse, Banded Maori, Banded Maori-wrasse

How to Catch
Fast Facts
  • Is a member of the family Labridae (wrasses)
  • Can grow to 40cm in length
  • Protogynous Sequential hermaphrodites. Like many of the wrasses, they begin life as female and change to male as they age
  • Males display a more prominent red band
  • Frequents coral reef environments and adjacent rubbly areas
  • Found in Australia’s tropical waters from QLD to WA
  • Occurs solitary
  • Edible