Disappearing wrasse
  • Pseudocheilinus evanidus
  • EnglishName: Disappearing wrasse
  • Local Name : Miyakan hudhu hikaa
  • Size : Max. 8 cm
  • Family: LABRIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 11 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 9 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Body depth 2.7 – 3.3 in standard length. Preopercular margin smooth. Cornea divided to form a double pupil.
  • Colour: Red with numerous fine pale longitudinal lines. White stripes under eye. Caudal fin green with a small black spot at upper base.
  • Habitat and Biology: A shy and secretive species. Common on reef slope. Feeds on small crustaceans and other animals.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Pseudocheilinus evanidus is a secretive species, hence the English name, disappearing wrasse. Further study may result in its being placed in a monotypic family.