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Species Oxycheilinus unifasciatus (Streets, 1877)

Ringtail Maori Wrasse, Ring-tail Maori Wrasse, Tail-band Maori, Tail-band Maori-wrasse, Whiteband Maori Wrasse


Generic Combinations




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Coral Bay (23°07'S, 113°45'E) to Murion Islands (21°38'S, 114°22'E), WA, Rowley Shoals (17°06'S, 119°37'E) and Scott Reef (14°04'S, 121°47'E), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S, 123°02'E), Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean, and Yonge Reef (14°37'S, 145°38'E) to Capricorn Group (23°15'S, 151°57'E), QLD, also offshore reefs of the Coral Sea from Osprey Reef to Cato Reef, and Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, NSW; tropical, west-central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Lord Howe Province (14), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Timor Province (2), Cocos (Keeling) Island Province (22), Christmas Island Province (23), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Northwest Transition (3), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory, Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coral reef, inshore.

Extra Ecological Information

2 - 160 m.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [178] (as Cheilinus unifasciatus)

Allen, G.R., N.J. Cross, C.J. Allen & M.F. Gomon 2006. Labridae: Labrinae. pp. 1368-1418 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1404]

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. [277]

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. [705]

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. [112] (as Cheilinus unifasciatus)

Gill, A.C., Mooi, R.D. & Hutchins, J.B. 2000. Description of a new subgenus and species of the fish genus Congrogadus from Western Australia (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 20: 69-79 [39]

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 398. [180] (as Cheilinus unifasciatus)

Marshall, T.C. 1964. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coastal Waters of Queensland. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 566 pp. 136 pls. (as Cheilinus unifasciatus)

Parenti, P. & Randall, J.E. 2000. An annotated checklist of the species of the labroid fish families Labridae and Scaridae. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J.L.B. Smith Institute, Grahamstown 68: 1-97 [33]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [304] (as Cheilinus unifasciatus)

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. [304]

Randall, J.E. & Parenti, P. 1999. Rejection of nine old labrid fish names in order to conserve well-established taxa. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 26(1-2): 29-32 [Date published 6 Dec] [29]

Westneat, M.W. 2001. Labridae. pp. 3381-3467 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. [3451]


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 23-Jun-2017 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED