Cheilinus fasciatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Labridae

Scientific Name: Cheilinus fasciatus (Bloch, 1791)
Common Name(s):
English Banded maori wrasse, Floral wrasse, Red-banded wrasse, Redbreasted Maori wrasse, Red-breasted wrasse, Redbreasted wrasse, Redbreast wrasse, Scarlet-breasted maori wrasse, Scarlet-breasted wrasse
French Galame rouge, Kalame, Labre à poitrine rouge, Madame tombée ragé, Vieille tachetée
Spanish Vieja florida
Cheilinus fasciatus fasciatus (Bloch, 1791)
Cheilinus fasciatus fasciatus (Bloch, 1791)
Cheilinus quinquecinctus (Rüppell, 1835)
Cheilinus quinquecinctus (Rüppell, 1835)
Labrus enneacanthus (Lacepède, 1801)
Labrus enneacanthus (Lacepède, 1801)
Sparus bandatus (Perry, 1811)
Sparus bandatus (Perry, 1811)
Sparus fasciatus Bloch, 1791
Sparus fasciatus Bloch, 1791
Taxonomic Notes: The Red Sea population is a distinct C. quinquecinctus (Kuiter 2002).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-07-12
Assessor(s): Shea, S. & Liu, M.
Reviewer(s): Sadovy, Y. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is widespread and is common in many parts of its range. There are no major threats to this species. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is broadly distributed in the Indo-West-Pacific, and occurs from east Africa to Micronesia, Samoa and Marshall Islands, and north to the Ryukyu Island (Myers 1991, Parenti and Randall 2000, Westneat 2001) and south to the Great Barrier Reef, northwest Australia and New Caledonia (Myers 1991, Allen 2000).

Species of C.quinquecinctus are formerly lumped with this species. The true fasciatus does not occur in the Red Sea. Populations of C. fasciatus recorded from the Gulf of Aden, Socotoa and NE Somalia are probably quinquecinctus, but this needs to be researched.
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa; Australia; British Indian Ocean Territory; Cambodia; China; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Comoros; Cook Islands; Djibouti; Fiji; Guam; India; Indonesia; Japan; Kenya; Kiribati; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Mayotte; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nauru; New Caledonia; Niue; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Réunion; Samoa; Seychelles; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Somalia; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; United States Minor Outlying Islands; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wallis and Futuna; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):40
Upper depth limit (metres):4
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common in many parts of its range.

It is one of the most commonly observed target-species in the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea. The percentage occurrence of C. fasciatus was 88% in the underwater census surveys of fifty-seven sites at the Louisiade Archipelago (Allen et al. 2000).

It is particularly common in areas of mixed coral and rubble of lagoon patch reefs in Micronesia (Myers 1991) and is also common reef fish in the Red Sea (Richard and Field 1998). In addition, it is common on lagoon and seaward reefs at Marshall Islands (Colin and Bell 1991).

Nakamura and Sano (2004) estimated the mean density of C. fasciatus in the Iriomote Island, Japan was 10 individuals per 500 m2.

In the Island of Zanzibar, east Africa, mean density of C. fasciatus was found to be 7.2 individuals per 500 m2 and the highest density of this species was found at Morogo with 24.5 fish per 500 m2 (Dorenbosch et al. 2006).

Despite the wide geographic range of this species, there is little quantitative information available on the local population status of this species. Further, the total numbers of C. fasciatus are not known.

In Fiji, a total of 230 individuals were counted in various UVC surveys with body length of 6-40 cm TL (M. Kulbicki pers. comm. 2008).

In Tonga, a total of 153 individuals were counted in various UVC surveys with body length of 6-35 cm TL (M. Kulbicki pers. comm. 2008).

On the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, an estimated mean density of 2.6 individuals from twenty 50 m X 5 m transects was recorded in underwater fish visual surveys (Yusuf et al. 2002).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in the coastal (Kuiter 2002, 2006), lagoon, seaward reefs, and usually in areas with mixed coral, sand and rubble (Lieske and Myers 1994, Allen 2000) at depths of four to at least 40 m (Myers 1991).

Juveniles of this species are often associated with the sea-grass beds and mangroves that adjacent to coral reefs (Dorenbosch et al. 2006), along edges with algae-rubble and sand, and silty reefs (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). Small juveniles are mistaken as adult of Wetmorella spp. or mis-identified as Epibulus spp. Due to their thin vertical white barring (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001, Kuiter 2002).

The jaw is prominent, especially lower jaw in adults, two strong canines situated anteriorly in each jaw and there is no enlarged tooth present on rear or upper jaw of this species. Caudal fin rounded in juveniles, while the upper and lower rays forming extended cadual fin lobes in large individuals, a trilobed appearance. The lateral line of this species is interrupted below the posterior portion of dorsal-fin base with a total of 22 or 23 pored scales (Westneat 2001). It is distinguished by the bright red area at front of body (Allen 2000, Kuiter 2002) and thin orange to red lines radiating from eyes (Kuiter 2006). In large individuals, the six dark bars are usually broader than the six light ones (Westneat 2001).

It feeds primarily upon benthic small hard-shelled invertebrates, such as molluscs, crustaceans and sea urchin (Myers 1991, Westneat 2001) by possessing a strong oral jaw (Sale 2002).

In Marshall Islands, spawning was observed on the winward lagoon. It was found that spawning was not influenced by tidal currents. It spawned in harem with males patrolling territory. Patrolling males swam with the caudal fin folded and the dorsal and anal fin tips folded to points. Spawning activities lasted for almost three hours and concurred with similar activity by male Epibulus insidiator. Females ascended about one to three m over patch reef or coral head when ready to spawn with slow ascending speed (two to four sec. to go up with a length of 1.5 m). Spawning was observed only during afternoon and occurred at different tidal phases. Spawning activities were observed in May and October, while courtship was found in June and November (Colin and Bell 1991).

Further, the mean planktonic larval duration of this species was found to be 25.7 +/- 1.4 days (Victor 1986).

The maximum size is approximately 40 cm SL (Westneat 2001).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is noted as both food fish and ornamental fish in Taiwan (Shao 2008). Globally, it is marketed in small numbers and occasionally seen in the aquarium trade (Westneat 2001).

In Queensland, it is marketed at prices ranging from AUD $ 6 to $ 15, depending upon the size of this species (Ryan and Clarke 2005). While in Papua New Guinea it is collected by line fishing by local fishers (Johannes and MacFarlane 1991, Allen et al. 2000).

The average body size caught in Guam over the past 20 years has been relatively constant and averages 25 cm (R. Myers pers. comm. 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. This species is caught for food and for the aquarium trade in some parts of its range.

Labrids are frequently captured by recreational and commercial fishers in Australia which are known to contribute to significant reductions in labrid densities (Gladstone 2001, Platten et al. 2002). Majority of the Cheilinus spp. captured by recreational fishers are reported as “wrasse/grouper” making the catch statistics under-representative of the real landings of C. fasciatus. In Gascoyne region, a 12 month survey indicated that 9,677 wrasse/groupers are captured by recreational fishers annually and in Shark Bay, western Australia, 10,082 individuals from wrasse/gropers were fishes annually (Summer et al. 2002). Meanwhile, on the west coast of western Australia, it was found that 65,000 individuals of various species from wrasse/groper were caught in recreational fishing (Summer and Williamson 1999).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures for this species. However, this species distribution includes a number of Marine Protected Areas within its range. More species-specific information on harvest and trade for is needed for this species.

This species is found in the Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles (Pittman 1997), Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania (Garpe and Öhman 2003), Natural Reserve of Glorieuses Islands, Western Indian Ocean (Durville et al. 2003), Marine conservation area of Tuvalu (Kaly 1997), Fiji Marine Protected Area (Brown et al. 2007), the Shark Reef Marine Reserve (Brunnschweiler and Earle 2006) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Russell 2001).

In Queensland, the minimum legal size for wrasse is 25 cm and daily bag limit is fivr individual per species per angler, in addition, closed season for fishing applies to coral reef finfish (Queensland Government).

In Pilbara or Kimberley regions, Labridae is considered to have the highest risk of localised depletion and valued for eating qualities (Bray and Kennedy 1998, Government of Western Australia 2008). The minimum legal size for Labridae is 40 cm and the daily catch for Labridae is two per individuals per species per fisher, while the mixed daily bag limit is seven individuals per angler. Currently, management plans are being developed for the new Marine Conservation Parks which including no-take zones (Government of Western Australia 2008).

In Gascoyne region of Australia, there is no legal catch size for the Labridae and daily catch limit is seven individuals per angler. No spearfishing is allowed within the Ningaloo Marine Park (Government of Western Australia 2008a).

Citation: Shea, S. & Liu, M. 2010. Cheilinus fasciatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187739A8617081. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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