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Oxycheilinus lineatus  Randall, Westneat & Gomon, 2003

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Labridae (Wrasses) > Cheilininae
Etymology: Oxycheilinus: Greek, oxys = sharp + Greek, cheilos = lip;  lineatus: Name from Latin 'linea' for line, referring to the strong linear pattern..   More on author: Randall.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 49 - 85 m (Ref. 56651).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Eastern Central Pacific: Rarotonga, Cook Islands and known from the Pitcairn Islands.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56651)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8; Vertebrae: 23. This species is distinguished by the following characters: Dorsal rays IX, 10; anal rays III, 8; pectoral rays 13; lateral-line interrupted, with pored scales to caudal-fin base 16 + 7; gill rakers 4 + 8; body moderately elongate, with depth about 3.4 in SL; head length about 2.5 in SL; snout long and pointed, about 2.5 in head; dorsal profile of snout nearly straight, of nape slightly convex; lower jaw slightly projecting; maxilla ending a half-eye diameter before anterior margin of orbit; caudal fin (of adult male) slightly rounded, the upper 3 principal rays a little prolonged; membranes of spinous part of dorsal fin incised one-third to one-half length of spines; pectoral fins short, about 3.2 in head; body below lateral line with 12 narrow, slightly irregular, dark brown stripes separated by white lines; body above lateral line with similar but more irregular bands; head with narrow dark brown bands radiating from eye except anteriorly; snout bluish gray with brown dots; a blackish blotch on basal half of first membrane of dorsal fin (Ref. 56651).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs on deep reefs (Ref. 56651). Feeds on crustaceans and fishes (Ref. 89972).

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Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).

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Randall, J.E., M.W. Westneat and M.F. Gomon, 2003. Two new labrid fishes of the genus Oxycheilinus from the South Pacific. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 54(20):361-370. (Ref. 56651)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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