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Novaculichthys taeniourus (clown wrasse; rockmover; Tahiti sand wrasse; Rockmover wrasse; Reindeer wrasse; Olive-scribbled wrasse; Masked wrasse; Dragon wrasse; Carpet wrasse; Bar-cheeked wrasse; Wrasse)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Novaculichthys taeniourus (rockmover, dragon, or reindeer wrasse) is a species of wrasse mainly found in coral reefs and lagoons in the Indo-Pacific region. These include habitats in the Gulf of California to Panama; tropical Pacific Ocean islands including Hawaii; the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia; and the Indian Ocean to the east coast of Africa. The common name, "rockmover wrasse", comes from their behavior of upending small stones and reef fragments in search of prey. This species is the only known member of its genus.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    


Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Acanthocybium solandri (Wahoo fish)[1]
Carcharhinus leucas (Zambezi shark)[1]
Mycteroperca xenarcha (Broomtail grouper)[1]
Sphyraena ensis (vicuda)[1]
Triaenodon obesus (whitelip reef shark)[1]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium


Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Arabian Sea; Australia; Calamianes Islands; Chagos Islands; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Costa Rica; Egypt; El Salvador; French Polynesia; Galapagos Islands; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Guatemala; Hawaii (USA); Honduras; Hsiao-liu-chiu; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa (Ref. 35918) and the Tuamoto Islands, north to Ryukyu and Hawaiian islands, south to Lord Howe Island. Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Panama and the Galapagos Islands (Ref. 5227).; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Japan; Kenya; Kimbe Bay; Kuroshio Current; Lingayen Gulf; Lord Howe Island; Lutao Island; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Mexico; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; New Caledonia; Nicaragua; Norfolk Island; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast Australian Shelf; Ogasawara Islands; Oman; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Panama; Panay Gulf; Papua New Guinea; Peng-hu Island; Persian Gulf; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Red Sea; Ryukyu Islands; Réunion; Samoa; Seychelles; Somali Coastal Current; Somalia; South Africa; South China Sea; Spratly Islands; Sudan; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tawi tawi Bay; Tonga; Tuamoto Islands; Tubbataha Reefs; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Yellow Sea;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Food-Web Structure and Dynamics of Eastern Tropical Pacific Coral Reefs: Panamá and Galápagos Islands, Peter W. Glynn, Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs, eds. Tim R. McClanahan & George M. Branch, p. 185-208 (2008)
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