Cheiloprion labiatus

Biglip Damsel | Kissing Damsel | Minstrel Fish
Cheiloprion labiatus
Cheiloprion labiatus, Ningaloo, WA, Photo: Ben Jones
Cheiloprion labiatus
Cheiloprion labiatus, Ningaloo, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Cheiloprion labiatus
Cheiloprion labiatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Similar to Stegastes species (Gregories) with dark edged scales, but with distinctive protruding thick lips. Juveniles black with thin neon blue line extending along upper body from eye. Very shy, retreating amongst branched corals when approached.


Max Size: 6 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.4-30.4°C

Depth: 1-10m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.43

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: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (4.3% 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 (3 per transect)

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