Blackeye thicklip


Usually occurs singly. Feeds on invertebrates, such as crustaceans, mollusks and polychaetes (Randall 2013).


  • Terminal phase:
  • Anteriorly whitish to greenish or yellowish brown. Posteriorly dark.
  • Most scales have a vertical green streak.
  • A black blotch may be visible behind eye.
  • Lips very thick.
  • Initial phase: Anteriorly pale grey, posteriorly black. A white vertical bar in between the grey and black sections.
  • Eyes black.
  • Tail yellow.
  • Juvenile phase:
  • Body black with a prominent white vertical bar just behind the pectoral fin.
  • Snout greenish.

Common Name: Blackeye thicklip

Family Common Name: Wrasses

Family: Labridae

Scientific Name: Hemigymnus melapterus___(Bloch, 1791)

Maximum Length: 37 cm (Standard Length)