Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 36 m (Ref. 89972). Tropical; 30°N - 25°S
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to the Marquesan and Pitcairn islands, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 23. Fresh specimens grayish brown to reddish brown, sometimes with dark narrow edges on scales on mid side of body. Light yellow bar on head behind and adjacent to eye; another on caudal peduncle; iris red and yellow. Juveniles (up to about 3.8 cm SL) have 2 broad pale bars on body. Spinous portions of dorsal and anal fins deeply incised. One predorsal bone.
Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs, in caves and crevices (Ref. 9710). A secretive species. Feeds on benthic invertebrates (Ref. 9823).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Randall, J.E., 1983. Revision of the Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Wetmorella. Copeia 1983(4):875-883. (Ref. 2138)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.5 - 29.3, mean 28.3 °C (based on 2802 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00795 - 0.05010), b=3.00 (2.79 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.37 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .