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Halichoeres marginatus EOL.jpg
Halichoeres marginatus
Halichoeres scapularis mâle.jpg
Halichoeres scapularis
Scientific classification

Rüppell, 1835
Type species
Halichoeres bimaculatus
Rüppell, 1835

Artisia de Beaufort, 1939
Choerojulis Gill, 1862
Guentheria Bleeker, 1862
Hemitautoga Bleeker, 1862
Hemiulis Swainson, 1839
Iridio Jordan & Evermann, 1896
Platyglossus Bleeker, 1862
Pseudojulis Bleeker, 1862

Halichoeres, commonly called wrasses, are a genus of fish in the family Labridae found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.[1]


There are currently 80 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Victor, B.C., Alfaro, M.E. & Sorenson, L. (2013): Rediscovery of Sagittalarva inornata n. gen., n. comb. (Gilbert, 1890) (Perciformes: Labridae), a long-lost deepwater fish from the eastern Pacific Ocean: a case study of a forensic approach to taxonomy using DNA barcoding. Zootaxa, 3669 (4): 551–570.
  2. ^ a b Randall, J.E. & Allen, G.R. (2010): Two new labrid fishes of the genus Halichoeres from the East Indies. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 58 (2): 281–289.
  3. ^ Victor, B.C. (2016). "Halichoeres gurrobyi, a new labrid fish (Teleostei: Labridae) from Mauritius in the southwestern Indian Ocean, with a review of the H. zeylonicus species complex" (PDF). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. 22: 10–27.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Rocha, L.A., Pinheiro, H.T. & Gasparini, J.L. (2010): Description of Halichoeres rubrovirens, a new species of wrasse (Labridae: Perciformes) from the Trindade and Martin Vaz Island group, southeastern Brazil, with a preliminary mtDNA molecular phylogeny of New World Halichoeres. Zootaxa, 2422: 22–30.
  5. ^ Randall, J.E. & King, D.R. (2010): Halichoeres zulu, a new labrid fish from South Africa. Smithiana Bulletin, 11: 17-23.