Catalog Number: USNM 330073
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): D. De Sylva
Year Collected: 1973
Locality: Vietnam; Collected At Fish Market In Vung Tau, (Cap St. Jacques), South Vietnam., Ba Ria Vung Tau, Vietnam, Pacific
- Paratype: Randall, J. E. & Cornish, A. S. 2000. Zoological Studies (Taiwan). 39 (1): 19, fig. 1.
Habitat and Ecology
Juveniles are found in coastal waters along reef edges on sand or rubble, or open patches on reef. Adults occur mainly in deep outer reef habitats in small loose group along sand ridges (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001).
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Iniistius trivittatus is a species of wrasse currently only known from the Pacific waters off Hong Kong and Taiwan. This species inhabits reefs from the surface to 10 m (33 ft) deep. It can reach 30 cm (12 in) in total length.
It is deep bodied and extremely laterally compressed as in all members of its genus. It is distinctively coloured, generally pale yellow with three broad, dark, vertical bars on its body. A further diagnostic trait is the presence of a deep notch between the first two spines of the dorsal fin.
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