Greenbarred wrasse
  • Halichoeres vrolikii
  • EnglishName: Greenbarred wrasse
  • Local Name : Dhon noo hikaa
  • Size : Max. 13 cm
  • Family: LABRIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 12 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 12 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Body depth about 3.0-3.4 in standard length.
  • Colour: Females orange and blue striped, with 3 blue ringed black spots, at the front of the dorsal, in the middle of dorsal and at upper caudal base. Male green with pink bands on head, and yellow pectoral fin base with a triangular black spot on its upper part.
  • Habitat and Biology: Usually found on reef flats, reef slopes, shallow lagoons and reef channels to depths of 27 m. Feeds on small benthic animals.
  • Distribution: Maldives to Western Pacific.
  • Remarks: Halichoeres vrolikii has often been known by the synonym H. hoevenii. H. vrolikii is one of a complex group of similar species (although the only one known from Maldives) which has in the past made accurate identification very difficult.