Choerodon zosterophorus (Bleeker, 1868)
Zoster wrasse
Choerodon zosterophorus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Bodianinae
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 40 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: East Indies and the Philippines.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 10. A broad pale band directed from below base of last few dorsal-fin spines to upper side of pectoral-fin base; a large dark spot situated dorsally on side and on ventral edge of dorsal fin at dorsoposterior end of pale band, usually extending anteroventrally as a dark tapering marginal band on pale band at least along posteroventral edge; caudal fin uniformly pale in adults. (Ref 9823)
Biology:  Found on semi-open sandy substrates along reefs, often in deep channels to lagoons that are prone to strong tidal currents and where seawhips thrive (Ref. 48636).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 May 2008 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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