EnglishName: Lined wrasse
Local Name : Rongu kendi hikaa
Size : Max. 12 cm
Order : Perciformes
Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 12 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 12 rays. Pectoral fin with 13 rays. Gill rakers on the first gill arch 14-16. Body depth 3.2-3.4 in standard length. Caudal fin rounded.
Colour: Body orange brown with pale blue-green longitudinal lines or lines of spots on sides. Caudal fin almost black with broad white band across base. Black spot on rear tip of operculum. Males with a yellow spot on pectoral region.
Habitat and Biology: Inhabits deeper reef areas usually at depths greater than 20-30 m. Distribution: Indian Ocean.
Remarks: In the Pacific Ocean, Anampses lineatus is replaced by the closely related. A. melanurus which has a yellow, rather than a white, tail band, and lines of distinct spots on its sides.