Sixbar wrasse

Thalassoma hardwicke
  • Class:
    Ray-finned fishes (Lat. Actinopterygii)
  • Order:
    Perch-likes (Lat. Perciformes)
  • Family:
    Wrasses (Lat. Siganidae)
  • Maximum size:
    20 cm TL
  • Habitat:
    Reef-associated; depth range 0–15 m.
  • Climate:
    Tropical; 24°C–28°C; 30°N–32°S.
  • Distribution:
    Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Line and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to the Lord Howe islands.
  • Biology:
    Occurs in shallow lagoon and seaward reefs, slopes. Occurs in small, loose groups. Feeds on benthic and planktonic crustaceans and small fishes.