Cheilinus trilobatus

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The tripletail wrasse, Cheilinus trilobatus, is a member of the genus Cheilinus.

Cheilinus trilobatus
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C. trilobatus
Binomial name
Cheilinus trilobatus
(Lacepède, 1801)


Description[edit]

It has a moderately deep body with a tri-lobed tail. Its body is green to brown with molted purple and red markings.there are 4 vertical dark stripes on its body. Its head has red spots and red lines radiating from its eye.

Habitat[edit]

It lives in lagoons and seaward reefs at depths of 1–30 metres (3 ft 3 in–98 ft 5 in).

Diet[edit]

It eats shelled benthic invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans, but sometimes fish.[citation needed]

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