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Halichoeres burekae  Weaver & Rocha, 2007

Mardi Gras wrasse
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Labridae (Wrasses) > Corinae
Etymology: Halichoeres: Greek, als, alis = salt + Greek, choiros = pig (Ref. 45335);  burekae: Named for Joyce Burek, who first photographed the terminal phase male of this species.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range ? - 24 m (Ref. 75768).   Subtropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75768)

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Western Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Collected over claystone, sponge, and coral substrata. Adults were observed in small schools along the reef crest mixed with Thalassoma bifasciatum, juvenile Bodianus rufus, and Chromis multilineata, while small juveniles ((12-18 mm TL) were observed in mixed schools with juvenile Clepticus parrae. It feeds mainly on calanoid copepods and other plankton. During courtship, terminal phase males: raise the dorsal 'flag' while approaching a female and keep the dorsal fin erect while in close proximity to her; primarily use pectoral ‘'labriform' propulsion for locomotion unless making rapid rushes at a female from a distance, in which case the caudal fin and body are used for rapid propulsion to pursue her; typically circles the female with dorsal fin flared, also periodically flaring the caudal lobes; and, were observed to nip the female on the fins. Agonistic interactions were also observed between males, approaching each other with flaring gill plates and jaws, and rapidly fanning their pectoral fins (Ref. 75768).

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Weaver, D.C. and L.A. Rocha, 2007. A new species of Halichoeres (Teleostei: Labridae) from the Western Gulf of Mexico. Copeia 2007(4):798-807. (Ref. 75768)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .