Tag: Cheilinus fasciatus

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Red-Breasted Maori Wrasse juvenile (Cheilinus Fasciatus)

This grainy photo shows a tiny Red-Breasted Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus Fasciatus) at perhaps the youngest phase at which it is recognizable as this species.

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Redbreasted Maori Wrasse juvenile (Cheilinus Fasciatus)

This photo of a juvenile Redbreasted Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus Fasciatus) clearly shows the distinct lack of the red colouration present in more mature specimens.
The red colour becomes more prominent as the individual ages.

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Redbreasted Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus Fasciatus)

An adult Redbreasted Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus Fasciatus) showing the distinctive "red breast" markings from which the name derives, followed by the equally distinctive black and white stripes.

The red colouration becomes more distinctive with age and is less apparent in juveniles..

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Indian Goatfish (Parupeneus Indicus), Redbreasted Moari (Cheilinus Fasciatus) & Pastel Green Wrasse (Halichoeres Chloropterus)

An Indian Goatfish (Parupeneus Indicus) in it's relentless pursuit of food hidden below the sand.

As is often the case, this individual is being accompanied by two members of the Wrasse (Labridae) family which are generally bold and opportunistic feeders.