Invemar
Bulletin of Marine and Coastal Research

PRESENCE OF THE YELLOWCHEEK WRASSE HALICHOERES CYANOCEPHALUS (PISCES: LABRIDAE) IN SHALLOW REEFS OF THE COLOMBIAN CARIBBEAN

Jaime Garzón Ferreira

Abstract


The yellowcheek wrasse Halichoeres cyanocephalus (Bloch) is registered by the first time for the Colombian Caribbean. In spite of extensive diving in most reef areas of Colombia since 1980, H. cyanocephalus was observed only in four occasions at the Tayrona Natural Park, the Urabá area, and San Andrés island. The fish is known to occur in deep waters but in Colombia it was found only in shallow (7-15 m in depth) reef environments. Eight species of the genus Halichoeres are now known from the Colombian Caribbean.

Keywords


Halichoeres cyanocephalus; Labridae; reef fishes; Colombia; Caribbean.

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DOI: 10.25268/bimc.invemar.2004.33.0.275

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