Category Archives: Wrasse

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.

Fire-Tail Devil ( Labracinus cyclophthalmus )

dottyback fish

Dennis’ Dottyback

Common Name:   Dottyback, Devil Fish

Local Name  **  (Tagalog),  **  (Cebuano)

Max Size:  23.5 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef-Associated

Depth:  2 – 20 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size LimitNone

Recommended Bait:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans;

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

This is a small reef fish that is found around the islands in shallow reefs.  They look like a cross between a wrasse and a grouper, however are not related to either.  **  We are not aware of this fish’s name here in the Philippines probably because it is usually miss-identified as either a wrasse or a grouper.

Redbreasted Wrasse ( Cheilinus fasciatus )

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Ed’s wrasse from Maasim

Common Name:   Wrasse

Local Name Mameng (Tagalog); Labayan, Buntogon, Mulmul (Cebuano)

Max Size:  40 cm

BiodiversityMarine, Reef-Associated

Depth:  4 – 60 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  10 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status:  Least Concern (LC)

Cigar Wrasse ( Cheilio inermis )

Cheilio inermis  Here is a Cigar Wrasse that was caught in Puerto Galera, Mindoro.  It was caught on a silver minnow lure from the shore.   This species an be found patrolling reefs, weed bed, and sand coastlines all around the country.  It can be taken on various tackle including but not limited to live  shrimp, crabs and minnows, as well as lures, jig and soft plastics.  These fish put up great fights for their size.

Tripletail Wrasse (Cheilinus trilobatus)

Common NameWrasse

Local Name:  ?? (Tagalog); Tanggisan (Cebuano)

Max Size:  45 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated, Brackish

Depth: 1 – 30 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit10 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, crabs, other small crustaceans, small lures

Here is a nice little fish I caught in Puerto Galera Mindoro while surf fishing from the beach.  I caught this using a peice of a ghost crab below a bobber.  It put up a good fight.  It was around 11 inches long.  These fish can be found all over the Philippines around reefs.