barred thicklip wrasse

Scientific name Hemigymnus fasciatus
Descriptor Bloch
Year of description 1792
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Hemigymnus
Hemigymnus fasciatus Hemigymnus fasciatus


Hemigymnus fasciatus, commonly known as barred thicklip wrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the barred thicklip wrasse ?

The barred thicklip wrasse measures between 25 and 30 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune, bleu, vert, marron and blanc body. The also has vert and blanc vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The barred thicklip wrasse is a fish living in a group or alone. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

Although the barred thicklip wrasse is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The barred thicklip wrasse is a fish ovipare. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 25 m

Biotope presentation

The barred thicklip wrasse is most often found at a depth between 1m and 25m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Review of the Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Hemigymnus - J.E. Randall - Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation - 2013. vol.6

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