Cheiloprion labiatus   (Day,  1877) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 6-8.5 cm.

Color: The white and curled back lips are distinctive, particularly in large individuals. Juveniles are dull orange while adults are dark brown.

Height 2, 2.3 in length with caudal. Head 2.9, 3.4 in length with caudal. Length of head 1.2 in its height. Eye 3.6, slightly more than snout and 1.2 in convex inter orbital space. About 3 transverse rows of scales on preopercle and a fourth row on inferior limb. First dorsal spine equal to eye, following spines increasing in length to the 7th which is equal to postorbital part of head, 8th to 13th spines subequal, slightly shorter than 7th. Membranes between the spines somewhat incised. Soft dorsal pointed, the longest rays about equal to head without snout. First anal spine half as long as second, which equals longest dorsal spines. Soft anal similar to soft dorsal. Pectorals and ventrals subequal, as long as long as head without snout. Caudal emarginate, the lobes rounded. Locomotion by the oscillation of median or pectoral fins. Dorsal spines (total): 13 - 13, Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 14, Anal spines: 2, Anal soft rays: 13 - 14.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pomacentrus labiatus Day, 1877
Cheiloprion labiatus M. Weber, 1913
Cheiloprion labiatus Fowler, 1918
Cheiloprion labiatus Montalban, 1927
Cheiloprion labiatus Fowler and Bean, 1928

Common Name (s)
• Big Lip Damsel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  No

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Primary Consumer
Prey:  Hard corals, benthic algae/weeds


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF (1940) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 8 508 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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