Novaculoides macrolepidotus

Scientific name Novaculoides macrolepidotus
Descriptor Bloch
Year of description 1791
IUCN category NE
Family Labridae
Genus Novaculichthys
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Novaculoides macrolepidotus is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    16 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    16 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize Novaculoides macrolepidotus ?

Novaculoides macrolepidotus measures around 12 cm. The dominant males can however reach 16 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly vert body. The also has noir and blanc tasks.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Novaculoides macrolepidotus is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although Novaculoides macrolepidotus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

Novaculoides macrolepidotus 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.

Where to find it?

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    3 - 25 m

Biotope presentation

Novaculoides macrolepidotus is most often found at a depth between 3m and 25m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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