The genus Halichoeres was described in 1835 by Rüppel. The genus name can be broken down into two ancient Greek words. Halios means ‘sea’ and choiros means ‘pig’. Freely translated Sea pig. A reference to the elongated conical teeth that point outward and forward at the corner of the mouth. These teeth protrude beyond the lips of the fish. These canines reminded Rüppel of the teeth of a boar (male pig).

This genus is part of the family Labridae or the wrasses.

Halichoeres species

The genus currently has about 82 species. Below you will find the list of species that have not yet been added to the database. Below, with photo, are the species that have already been included.

Halichoeres adustus
Halichoeres aestuaricola
Halichoeres argus
Halichoeres bathyphilus
Halichoeres bicolor
Halichoeres binotopsis
Halichoeres biocellatus
Halichoeres bivittatus
Halichoeres bleekeri
Halichoeres brasiliensis
Halichoeres brownfieldi
Halichoeres burekae
Halichoeres caudalis
Halichoeres chierchiae
Halichoeres chlorocephalus
Halichoeres chloropterus
Halichoeres chrysotaenia
Halichoeres claudia
Halichoeres cosmetus
Halichoeres cyanocephalus
Halichoeres dimidiatus
Halichoeres discolor
Halichoeres dispilus
Halichoeres erdmanni
Halichoeres garnoti
Halichoeres gurrobyi
Halichoeres hartzfeldii
Halichoeres hilomeni
Halichoeres hortulanus
Halichoeres inornatus
Halichoeres insularis
Halichoeres iridis
Halichoeres kallochroma
Halichoeres kneri
Halichoeres lapillus
Halichoeres leptotaenia
Halichoeres leucurus
Halichoeres maculipinna
Halichoeres malpelo
Halichoeres margaritaceus
Halichoeres marginatus
Halichoeres melanochir
Halichoeres melanotis
Halichoeres melanurus
Halichoeres melas
Halichoeres melasmapomus
Halichoeres miniatus
Halichoeres nebulosus
Halichoeres nicholsi
Halichoeres nigrescens
Halichoeres notospilus
Halichoeres orientalis
Halichoeres ornatissimus
Halichoeres pallidus
Halichoeres papilionaceus
Halichoeres pardaleocephalus
Halichoeres pelicieri
Halichoeres penrosei
Halichoeres pictus
Halichoeres podostigma
Halichoeres poeyi
Halichoeres radiatus
Halichoeres richmondi
Halichoeres rubricephalus
Halichoeres rubrovirens
Halichoeres salmofasciatus
Halichoeres sazimai
Halichoeres scapularis
Halichoeres semicinctus
Halichoeres signifer
Halichoeres socialis
Halichoeres solorensis
Halichoeres stigmaticus
Halichoeres tenuispinis
Halichoeres timorensis
Halichoeres trimaculatus
Halichoeres trispilus
Halichoeres zeylonicus
Halichoeres zulu

Halichoeres chrysus - Canary Wrasse

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