Halichoeres miniatus

Cheek-ring Wrasse | Circle-cheek Wrasse | Spotted-finned Rainbow-fish
Halichoeres miniatus
Halichoeres miniatus, male, Hudson Is, Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Halichoeres miniatus
Halichoeres miniatus, female, QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Halichoeres miniatus
Halichoeres miniatus, female, Hudson Is, Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Halichoeres miniatus
Halichoeres miniatus, male, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Halichoeres miniatus
Halichoeres miniatus
Halichoeres miniatus
Halichoeres miniatus

Distribution

Tropical Indo-Pacific


Description

Males green with pale belly, broken red stripes along body, red lines on face, one of which curves in a circle below eye, sub-adults with dark brown streak along side. Females and juveniles brown with white dashes forming lines along body, short dark bar behind eye, pale belly with yellow blotch behind pectoral fin, and translucent spotted tail and anal fins. Ring on cheek of males distinguishes it from similarly marked species.


Information

Max Size: 12 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20.3-30.3°C

Depth: 1-10m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.12

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: Infrequent (8.8% 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: Many (28 per transect)

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


Edit by: Joe Shields