Sixstripe wrasse
  • Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
  • EnglishName: Sixstripe wrasse
  • Local Name : Harongu hikaa
  • Size : Max. 7.5 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 15-17 rays. Body depth 2.4-2.7 in standard length. Preopercle with a membranous flap at angle, the margin above it is usually finely serrated for about half of its length.
  • Colour: Reddish with alternate yellow-orange and purple-blue stripes. Caudal fin green. Small black spot on upper caudal base.
  • Habitat and Biology: Hides among corals and rocks on reef edge and slope. Feeds on small crustaceans.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Pseudocheilinus hexataenia is a very shy and secretive species and tends to stay hidden in the reef crevices. As a result it is not seen very often by snorkellers and divers, although it is a fairly abundant coral reef species.