IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Description

  Common names: wrasse (English), señorita (Espanol), doncella (Espanol)
 
Halichoeres dispilus (Günther, 1864)


Chameleon wrasse



Elongate, compressed; enlarged canine teeth at front of both jaws (1 pair above, 2 pairs below), a canine at rear of top jaws; dorsal fin IX, 11; anal rays III, 12; pectoral rays 13; lateral line unbroken, but abruptly bent down under rear of dorsal fin, its tubes branched, except those on tail base; lateral line with 27 pored scales.


IP:  primarily pinkish or greenish above and white below; usually with a black, blue-ringed blotch on upper side above pectoral fin, another a little above center on base of tail fin; TP:  similar to the IP  but with blue stripes on head and blue stripes or horizontal rows of blue spots on side, and red and blue oblique stripes on tail fin; juveniles greenish on upper half with white midlateral stripe, whitish below, and with small black spot at midbase of caudal fin.


Size: reaches 25 cm.

Habitat: common on sand and rubble bottoms around rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-75 m.

Central Baja to the Gulf of California to southern Peru, the Revillgigedos, Cocos and the Galapagos Islands.
   

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