Pseudodax moluccanus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Chiseltooth wrasse
photo by Field, R.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Pseudodacinae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 60 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa (Ref. 35918) and to the Society, Marquesan and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 14-14
Biology:  Inhabits clear channels and seaward reefs (Ref. 9710). Juveniles are commonly found along drop-offs below 18 m (Ref. 9710). Adults usually found near caves while juveniles frequently live inside them. Adults are solitary and feed on algae and small invertebrates. Juveniles have been observed 'cleaning' other fishes. Because of its dentition, it is regarded as a close relative to the parrotfishes (Scaridae), although it behaves like the species of Anampses.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.06.92
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.04.09
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 25.05.95

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