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Cheilinus trilobatus

(Tripletail Wrasse)


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Family : Wrasses ; Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs at depths of 1 to over 30 m , and relatively common along shallow reef margins with good coral cover [1]. Usually solitary[2]. Feeds mainly on shelled benthic invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans, but occasionally takes fishes [3]. Difficult to approach [1]. Juveniles secretive on algae reefs and usually around stinging hydrozoans [4].

Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:

Driestert lipvis, Driestert-Lipvis

Common Names in Austronesian (Other):

Poros, Porou

Common Names in Bikol:

Hipus, Maringyan

Common Names in Carolinian:

Poro, Poros, Porou

Common Names in Cebuano:

Buntogon, Labayan

Common Names in Chavacano:


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Common Names in Creole, French:

Madame Tomb, Madame Tombée, Vieille St.-Silac

Common Names in Creoles and Pidgins, French:

Madame Tombée

Common Names in Davawenyo:

Ipus-Ipus, Mul-Mul

Common Names in English:

Tripletail Wrasse, Maori Wrasse, Trilobed Maori Wrasse, Triple tail Maori, Triple tail Maori Wrasse, Triple tail Wrasse, Triple-Tail, Triple-tail Maori, Triple-tail Maori Wrasse, Triple-tail Wrasse, Tripletail Maori Wrasse, Wrasse

Common Names in Fijian:

Bo, Drau Ni Kura, Draunikura

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in French:

Galame, Labre Trilob, Labre Trilob?, Labre Trilobé, Poisson Napol, Poisson Napol?on, Poisson Napoléon, Vieille Triple Queue

Common Names in Gela:

Iga Taranggau, Roso Taranggau

Common Names in Ilokano:

Balaki, Ipus-Ipus, Verde Verde

Common Names in Japanese:

Mitsuba mochino uo, Mitsuba-Mochino-Uo

Common Names in Kumak:


Common Names in Malagasy:

Madame Tombée

Common Names in Malay:

Bayan, Kilu, Mamin

Common Names in Malayalam:

Chavarichoran, Thokka, ചവരി ച്ചോരന്, ചാവരിചൊരന്, തൊക്ക, തോക്ക

Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

三叶唇鱼, 三葉唇魚

Common Names in Maranao/Samal/Tao Su:


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Common Names in Misima-Paneati:


Common Names in Other:

Banog, Danlugan, Labayan, Lampalampa, Lubay-Lubay, Mamin, Molmol, Pilo-Pilo, Pirat-Pirat, Tausay, Tupiro

Common Names in Portuguese:

Bodi, Bodião Trilobado

Common Names in Rapa Nui:


Common Names in Samoan:

Lalafi matamumu, Lalafi-Matamumu

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Common Names in Tagalog:

Bankilan, Bunak, Bungat, Isdang Bato, Labayan, Mameng, Maming, Mul-Mul, Mulmul

Common Names in Tahitian:

Papae, Parahirahi

Common Names in Thai:

Pla nok khun thong klad deang, Pla nok kunthong hang wow, Pla Nok-Khun-Thong-Klad-Deang, Pla Nok-Kunthong-Hang-Wow

Common Names in Tuamotuan:


Common Names in Tuvaluan:

Te Ngole

Common Names in Vietnamese:

Cá Bàng Chài Môi Ba Thu?, Cá Bàng Chài Môi Ba Thuỳ, Ca Mo Nam

Common Names in Visayan:

Mulmul, Tamago

Common Names in Waray-waray:

Labayan, Lubayan, Mul-Mul


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May be found at depths of 1 to 30 meters.

Ecology: Juveniles of Cheilinus trilobatus are found on algae reefs and usually around stinging hydrozoans (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001), while adults inhabit coral lagoon , coastal reef-flats, seaward reefs and along shallow reef margins with high coral cover (Lieske and Myers 1994; Allen 2000; Kuiter 2006). It is also occasionally observed in grassy areas at depths of 1–30 m (Carpenter and Niem 2001; Gell and Whittington 2002). Cheilinus trilobatus feeds on hard-shelled benthic invertebrates , including sea urchins, molluscs , crustaceans and occasionally small fishes (Myers 1991; Sadovy and Cornish 2000).


List of Habitats :


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Cheilinus abudjubbeCheilinus abudjubbe R�ppell • Cheilinus chlorourus (Bloch • Cheilinus trilobatus Lac pède • Cheilinus trilobatus Lacep ède • Cheilinus trilobatus Lacep éde • Cheilinus trilobatus< /i> (Non Lacepède • Chelinus trilobatus Lac pède • Chelinus trilobatus Lacepède


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 08-Feb-1997

Chelinus trilobatus is a misspelling of the species name that should not be used (FishBase 2008).

Cheilinus trilobatus has similar colouration to C. chlorourus and been misidentified as C. chlorourus (Myers 1991; Carpenter and Niem 2001).[5].

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Cheilinus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 16 species and subspecies in this genus:

C. abudjubbe (Abudjubbes Splendor Wrasse) · C. arenatus (Speckled Maori Wrasse) · C. bimaculatus (Twospot Maori Wrasse) · C. chlorourus (Floral Wrasse) · C. chlorurus (Yellowdotted Maori Wrasse) · C. fasciatus (Scarlet-Breasted Maori Wrasse) · C. hexataenia (Sixstripe Wrasse) · C. lunulatus (Broomtail Wrasse) · C. mentalis (Mental Wrasse) · C. nigropinnatus (Yellow-Banded Possum Wrasse) · C. orientalis (Oriental Maori Wrasse) · C. oxycephalus (Pointed Head Maori Wrasse) · C. oxyrhynchus (Eared Maori Wrasse) · C. trilobatus (Tripletail Wrasse) · C. undulatus (Double-Headed Maori Wrasse) · C. unifasciatus (Whiteband Maori Wrasse)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 01, 2008:



  1. Lieske, E. and R. Myers (1994). Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. [back]
  2. Fischer, W., I. Sousa, C. Silva, A. de Freitas, J.M. Poutiers, W. Schneider, T.C. Borges, J.P. Feral and A. Massinga (1990). Fichas FAO de identificaçao de espécies para actividades de pesca. Guia de campo das espécies comerciais marinhas e de águas salob ... [back]
  3. Myers, R.F. (1991). Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. [back]
  4. Kuiter, R. H. and Tonozuka (2001). Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 2. Fusiliers - Dragonets, Caesionidar - Callionymidae. Zoonetics, Australia. 304-622 p. [back]
  5. Allen, G.R., Kwok Ho, S., Min, L. & Sadovy, Y.J. 2010. Cheilinus trilobatus. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 January 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06