Species of Thailand
Binomial name: Halichoeres hortulanus, Bernard Germain de Lacépède, 1801
The checkerboard wrasse, Halichoeres hortulanus, is a species of wrasse native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean.
This species can be found from Red Sea to South Africa and eastward to the Line Islands, the Marquesas, and the Tuamotus, and from southern Japan, south to the southern parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
This species sports a checkerboard pattern on its sides; males are greener with a yellow dorsal spot. Small juveniles are black and white, gradually changing with growth to the adult pattern. It can reach 27 cm in total length.
Mainly molluscs, crustaceans, and sea urchins make up its diet.
It is usually found in clear lagoons and on seaward reefs at depths from 1 to 30 m. Juveniles are found at the bottom of surge channels or under ledges. Males are territorial over a large area.
Use by humans
This species is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries and can also be found in the aquarium trade.
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Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
Range map of Halichoeres hortulanus in Thailand
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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.
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