silver-streaked rainbowfish

Scientific name Stethojulis strigiventer
Descriptor Bennett
Year of description 1833
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Stethojulis
Stethojulis strigiventer Stethojulis strigiventer


Stethojulis strigiventer, commonly known as silver-streaked rainbowfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Type
  • Average size
    7 cm
  • Maximum size
    15 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Type
  • Average size
    7 cm
  • Maximum size
    15 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the silver-streaked rainbowfish ?

The silver-streaked rainbowfish measures around 7 cm. The dominant males can however reach 15 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu, vert, orange and gris body. The also has bleu horizontal stripes.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The silver-streaked rainbowfish is a fish living in small groups naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the silver-streaked rainbowfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The silver-streaked rainbowfish 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
    2 - 15 m

Biotope presentation

The silver-streaked rainbowfish is most often found at a depth between 2m and 15m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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