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Genus Halichoeres Rüppell, 1835


Kuiter (2010) split members of Halichoeres into five separate genera based on the results of molecular studies (e.g. see Barber & Bellwood 2005). In addition to Halichoeres he placed various species into two new genera Biochoeres and Julichoeres, and two genera previously treated as junior synonyms Hemitautoga and Hemicoris. The arrangement of Kuiter (2010) has not been widely accepted by other workers (e.g. Parenti & Randall 2011) and while we include all of the generic combinations from that work, and agree that the genus is in need of revision, we follow Parenti & Randall (2000) in retaining the placement of the various species in the genus Halichoeres until further work can be conducted to support Kuiter's (2010) arrangement.


Excluded Taxa


LABRIDAE: Halichoeres zeylonicus (Bennett, 1832) — Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. [322] (restricted to Indian Ocean)




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Western Atlantic and Indo-Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Lord Howe Province (14), Kenn Transition (16), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Timor Province (2), Cape Province (20), Norfolk Island Province (21), Cocos (Keeling) Island Province (22), Christmas Island Province (23), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Northwest Transition (3), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition (32), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory, Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands, Torres Strait Islands terrestrial, marine & freshwater

History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
27-Jul-2017 LABROIDEI 12-Nov-2019 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
12-Nov-2019 MODIFIED