Floral Maori Wrasse (species: Cheilinus chlorourus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cheilinus chlorourus
Floral Maori Wrasse

©Lyle Vail: Cheilinus chlorourus at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.

©Andy Lewis: Female Floral Maori Wrasse at Lizard Isand.

©Andy Lewis: Floral Maori Wrasse at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Cheilinus
Species Cheilinus chlorourus



Distinguishing features

Base colour varies from dark brown/green to paler orange/brown; rows of small pink dots running along sides and white blotches usually on back and tail base.


  • Up to 36 cm (Length of specimen)

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

  • 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.
  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
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