Novaculops koteamea (Randall & Allen, 2004)
Rapanui sandy
Novaculops koteamea
photo by Randall, J.E.

 Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Xyrichtyinae
 Max. size:  25.9 cm NG (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 50 - 250 m
 Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: currently known only from Easter Island, but might be present from southern subtropical islands to the west such as Pitcairn Islands and Rapa.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal rays IX,12; anal rays III,12; pectoral rays 13. Lateral-line scales 20 + 5. Head naked except for one or two small partly embedded scales dorsally on opercle. Gill rakers 16-18. Body depth 2.6-2.75 in SL. Dorsal profile of snout forming an angle of about 50°, front of head with a slight median ridge. Origin of the dorsal fin a little posterior to preopercular margin; first dorsal spine flexible, slightly longer than second spine, 4.05-4.15 in head length; space between first two dorsal spines two-thirds space between second and third spines. Caudal fin slightly rounded. Pectoral fins short, 1.6-1.7 in HL. Body bright red, edges of scales darker red; membranes of spinous portion of dorsal fin bluish gray, each with a black spot; each of first three membranes of soft portion of fin with a faint black spot (Ref. 57578).
 Biology: 
 IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 16.11.06
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 02.07.13

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