Violetline Maori Wrasse (species: Oxycheilinus digramma) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Oxycheilinus digramma
Violetline Maori Wrasse

©Andy Lewis: Violetline Maori Wrasse, Oxycheilinus digramma

©Kendall Clements: One of many colour forms of Oxycheilinus digramma. Photo from Day Reef near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Oxycheilinus digramma at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Oxycheilinus
Species Oxycheilinus digramma



Distinguishing features

Colour and colour pattern are very variable. Diagonal lines on lower gill cover (a feature shared with Oxycheilinus orientalis).


  • Up to 40 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
  • Caley, M.J. and D. Schluter (2003). Predators favour mimicry in a tropical reef fish, Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, B, 270: 667-672. LIRS catalog number 813.
  • Caley, M.J. and J. St John (1996). Refuge availability structures assemblages of tropical reef fishes, Journal of Animal Ecology, 65: 414-428. LIRS catalog number 458.
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