Halichoeres chrysus (Canary wrasse)


Body bright yellow the head and thorax are yellow-orange.
The head has irregular light-green bands and a spot behind the eye.


Least concern according to the IUCN Red list.


Eastern Indian Ocean: Christmas Island. Western Pacific: Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals and New South Wales (Australia).
The Canary wrasse is reef-associated and can be found at the reef edge, in sand and rubble areas, usually in small groups.
Depth range between 2 and 70 meter.


Distinct pairing during breeding.


The max length is 12.0 cm.

Prey / Predation

It feeds mainly on crustaceans, molluscs, worms and echinoderms (e.g. Sea cucumber) captured on or in the substrate.

Special features

The Canary wrasse is protogynous hermaphrodite, i.e. individuals start life as females with the capability of turning male later on.