Pearly Wrasse (species: Halichoeres margaritaceus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Halichoeres margaritaceus
Pearly Wrasse

©Anne Hoggett: Halichoeres margaritaceus near Crystal Beach, Lizard Island. Note that the pink band on the cheek is straight. It's curved in Halichoeres nebulosus and circular in Halichoeres miniatus (Allen and Erdmann, 2012), both of which occur at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Halichoeres margaritaceus near the reef crest between Bird and South Islands, Lizard Island Group.

©Anne Hoggett: Halichoeres margaritaceus, presumably male (L) and female, near the reef crest between Bird and South Islands, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Halichoeres
Species Halichoeres margaritaceus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 12 cm (length according to Allen and Erdmann, 2012)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.

Other references

  • Bellwood, D.R. and P.C. Wainwright (2001). Locomotion in labrid fishes: implications for habitat use and cross-shelf biogeography on the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reefs, 20: 139-150. LIRS catalog number 787.
  • Ceccarelli, D.M., M.J. Emslie and Z.T. Richards (2016). Post-disturbance stability of fish assemblages measured at coarse taxonomic resolution masks change at finer scales. PLOS One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156232. LIRS catalog number 1971.
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