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Cheek-Lined Wrasse ( Oxycheilinus digramma )

cheeklined wrasse

A Cheek-Lined Wrasse caught off of Mactan Is.

Common Name:    Wrasse, Scribbled Wrasse,

Local Names Mameng,  (Tagalog);  Mol-Mol, Labayan, (Cebuano)

Max Size:  40 cm 

Biodiversity:  Marine, Brackish, Reef-Associated,

Depth:  3 – 60 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  10 inches 

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, Fish, Fish

IUCN Red List Status Least Concern (LC)

This plentiful species is found all throughout the Philippines around the abundant tropical reefs. The larger wrasse are one of the bruisers on the coral reefs.  They are typically found alone or in pairs generally confined to a particular area or even part of the reef.