Oxycheilinus orientalis

Oriental maori wrasse | Oriental Wrasse | Oxycheilinus rhodochrous
Oxycheilinus orientalis
Oxycheilinus orientalis, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Oxycheilinus orientalis
Oxycheilinus orientalis, QLD, Australia, Photo: Joe Shields
Oxycheilinus orientalis
Oxycheilinus orientalis, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Oxycheilinus orientalis
Oxycheilinus orientalis
Oxycheilinus orientalis


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Colour variable and able to be rapidly changed. Wide dark stripe from snout through eye to tail with a light stripe above and below, broken by vertical bars formed by white scale edges in a zig-zag pattern, and white pelvic and anal fins with bright red markings.


Max Size: 15 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.1-31.1°C

Depth: 10-80m

Habitat Generalization Index: 8.33

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 (18.1% 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