Fish ID: Ringtail Maori Wrasse

Wrasse ringtail moari ci
Family Wrasse (LABRIDAE)
species Oxycheilinus unifasciatus
size Up to 20cm
locality Sandy bottoms and reefs
behaviour Solitary (and purposeful)
range East Indian Ocean and Pacific

The Ringtail Maori wrasse has a ‘hounds tooth’ pattern on the body, two distinct lines behind the eye, and a completely white band around where the tail meets the body (the caudal peduncle).