Cutribbon wrasse


Initial phase individuals found singly or in small groups, whereas males observed singly. Females and males were once classified as separate species because of the sexual dichromatism of the species. Move rapidly and difficult to approach. Sieves sand for small crustaceans and detritus as food.


Terminal phase individual, likely male:
  • Body greenish dorsally, white or pale grey ventrally.
  • Sharp bluish stripe running along middle and dorsal side of body.
  • The dorsal stripe runs from nape and along dorsal fin base to upper caudal peduncle.
  • Middle stripe runs from head to caudal peduncle but interrupted for a short section behind pectoral fin.
  • Head with two blue stripes, small orange-red blotch just above pectoral fin base.
Initial phase individual, likely female:
  • Body pale brownish grey to pale greyish ventrally.
  • Yellowish to reddish snout.
  • A prominent short black stripe after pectoral fin base.
  • Pale brown on upper body, white ventrally.
  • Dark brown to black mid-lateral stripe running from eyes through body.

Common Name: Cutribbon wrasse

Family Common Name: Wrasses

Family: Labridae

Scientific Name: Stethojulis interrupta___(Bleeker, 1851)

Maximum Length: 13 cm (Total Length)