Tag: Big-Lip Damselfish (Cheiloprion labiatus)

The Big-Lip Damselfish (Cheiloprion labiatus) appears to be a relatively uncommon member of the Damselfish (Pomacentridae) when compared to many of its locally occurring relatives.

Growing to a maximum length of around 6 - 8cm, the Big-Lip Damselfish has a generally dark brown/blackish overall colouration, without any distinctive markings.

Despite the lack of the colourful markings found on many other Damselfish, this species can be easily identified by its fleshy, over-sized lips, which may be pale grey/whitish in colour.

The Big-Lip Damselfish may be found cohabiting with large numbers of the smaller, and vastly more abundant Reticulated Humbug (Dascyllus reticulatus) amongst the branching Table Corals (Acropora sp.) on which it is known to feed.

The Big-Lip Damselfish (Cheiloprion labiatus) appears to be a relatively uncommon member of the Damselfish (Pomacentridae) when compared to many of its locally occurring relatives.

Growing to a maximum length of around 6 - 8cm, the Big-Lip Damselfish has a generally dark brown/blackish overall colouration, without any distinctive markings.

Despite the lack of the colourful markings found on many other Damselfish, this species can be easily identified by its fleshy, over-sized lips, which may be pale grey/whitish in colour.

The Big-Lip Damselfish may be found cohabiting with large numbers of the smaller, and vastly more abundant Reticulated Humbug (Dascyllus reticulatus) amongst the branching Table Corals (Acropora sp.) on which it is known to feed.

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Big-Lip Damselfish (Cheiloprion  Labiatus)

A Big-Lip Damselfish (Cheiloprion Labiatus) photographed amongst the branches of a Table Coral (Acropora sp.) at Mae Haad/Koh Ma.