Sharpnose Wrasse (species: Cheilio inermis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cheilio inermis
Sharpnose Wrasse

©Anne Hoggett: Initial phase Cheilio inermis at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Lloyd Shepherd: Initial phase Cheilio inermis in seagrass at Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.

©Renato Morais: Initial phase Cheilio inermis near Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Cheilio
Species Cheilio inermis



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 50 cm (Length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Elliott, J.P. and D.R. Bellwood (2003). Alimentary tract morphology and diet in three coral reef fish families, Journal of Fish Biology, 63: 1598-1609. LIRS catalog number 876.
  • Grutter, A.S. (1997). Effect of the removal of cleaner fish on the abundance and species composition of reef fish, Oecologia, 111: 137-143. LIRS catalog number 504.