Thicklip Wrasse (species: Hemigymnus melapterus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Hemigymnus melapterus
Thicklip Wrasse

©Andy Lewis: Male Thicklip Wrasse at Lizard Island

©Andy Lewis: Female Thicklip Wrasse, Lizard Island.

©Mark Shepherd: Juvenile Thicklip Wrasse about 80 mm long at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Hemigymnus
Species Hemigymnus melapterus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 90 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Arnal, C. (2000). Ecologie comportementale de la symbiose poisson nettoyeur/ poisson client: motivations et honnĂȘtetĂ©, Ph.D. thesis, University of Perpignan, France. LIRS catalog number 637.
  • Arnal, C., O. Verneau and Y. Desdevises (2006). Phylogenetic relationships and ecolution of cleaning behaviour in the family Labridae: importance of body colour pattern, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19: 755-763. LIRS catalog number 1178.
  • Bansemer, C., A.S. Grutter and R. Poulin (2002). Geographic variation in the behaviour of the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus (Labridae), Ethology, 108: 353-366. LIRS catalog number 726.
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