Labrichthys unilineatus (Guichenot 1847),

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 233

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Labrichthys unilineatus (Guichenot 1847)


Labrichthys unilineatus (Guichenot 1847)  —Tubelip wrasse

Status at New Ireland. New record, based on specimen photographed at Lissenung Island, Kavieng District, 4 m depth, by Dean Tully on 16 Sept. 2012; another photographed at St. KVGPMT39 (south of Lemus Island , Kavieng District ) by Serge Andréfouët on 21 Aug. 2014; a video of a specimen taken off southern New Hanover , at 4–51 m depth, St. KR 110, in 2014 (identified by Barry C. Russell).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2.—General distribution: East Africa, Aldabra and western Mascarenes east to Society Islands, south to Western Australia, Lord Howe Island and Tonga. Found in lagoon and semi-protected seaward coral reefs with high coral cover, near branching corals, particularly staghorn Acropora  ; feeds on coral polyps, 0–20 m depth. Marine.