Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
(Wrasses) > Cheilininae
Etymology: tanakai: Named for Hiroyuki Tanaka, M.D. More on authors: Randall & Kuiter.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 30 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical
Western Pacific: Indonesia and the Philippines.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75144)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 23. This species is distinct with the following characters: D IX, 10; A III, 8; pectoral rays 12; 14+6 lateral-line scales; 15-17 gill rakers; body depth 3.0-3.3 in SL; head length (HL) 2.35-2.4 in SL; snout length 3.2-3.25 in HL; interorbital width 4.5 in HL; longest dorsal spine 2.15 in HL; third anal spine 2.05 in HL; pectoral-fin length 2.2 in HL; pelvic-fin length 2.15 in HL; when fresh it is purplish red posteriorly, grading to orange-red anteriorly; the snout and ventral part of head usually light blue-green; across body with 3 narrow white bars, the first from below second dorsal spine to abdomen, the second from eighth dorsal spine to third anal spine, the third across caudal peduncle; from nape across head behind eye runs a slightly oblique narrow bar, a faint white line extending ventrally from anterior edge of orbit; anteriorly on soft portion of dorsal fin is an ocellated black spot as large as eye; a short oblique narrow white band from middle of soft portion of dorsal fin onto back; anteriorly on soft portion of anal fin is a small elliptical ocellus; bluish white pelvic fins with a very large black spot; no blackish spot ventrally on abdomen between pelvic fins (Ref. 75144).
Found in coral reefs but secretive (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Randall, J.E. and R.H. Kuiter, 2007. Wetmorella tanakai, a new wrasse (Perciformes: Labridae) from Indonesia and the Philippines. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 13(1):1-6. (Ref. 75144)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.00791 - 0.04808), b=3.00 (2.79 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .