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  Cigar Wrasse (Cheilio inermis)





Cigar Wrasse | Cheilio inermis photo
Cigar Wrasse

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CIGAR WRASSE FACTS

Description
Young Cigar Wrasse are usually mottled brown or green, sometimes with a broad lateral stripe. Some individuals may be uniformly yellow. Large male fish may develop a bright yellow, orange, black, white, or multi colored patch behind the pectoral fins.

Size
length to 50cm

Habitat
found in seagrass beds and algal-covered flats, sometimes in lagoons and seaward reefs to a depth of 30m. Usually solitary. Juveniles found in seagrasses. Adults occasionally form large schools to spawn.

Food
Feeds mainly on crustaceans, mollusks, sea urchins and other hard-shelled prey.

Range
Indo-Pacific from Red Sea and East Africa to Japan and south to Lord Howe Island.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Labridae
Genus:Cheilio
Species:inermis
Common Name:Cigar Wrasse