Cheilinus oxycephalus

Red Maori Wrasse | Pointed-head maori wrasse | Snooty Maori wrasse | Snooty wrasse
Cheilinus oxycephalus
Cheilinus oxycephalus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cheilinus oxycephalus
Cheilinus oxycephalus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Cheilinus oxycephalus
Cheilinus oxycephalus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Red-brown body with variable patterning, pointed snout, brightly-edged dark spot at front of dorsal fin, reddish eye. Secretive, hiding amongst corals and in cracks and crevices in the reef.


Max Size: 17 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.2-32°C

Depth: 1-40m

Habitat Generalization Index: 9.7

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Frequent (10.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields