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| Common names: wrasse (English), doncella (Espanol), señorita (Espanol) |
Halichoeres nicholsi (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)
Elongate, compressed; 2 pairs of enlarged at front of upper and lower jaws; a large canine at rear of top jaw; dorsal fin IX, 11; anal rays III, 12; pectoral rays 13; lateral line unbroken, but abruptly bent down under rear of dorsal fin, its tubes branched, except those on tail base; lateral line with 28 pored scales.
IP: light green on back, whitish below; a broad diffuse blackish stripe along middle of side, joined by short blackish bar below base of anterior part of dorsal fin; TP: mainly bluish or green with broad blackish bar behind head and bright yellow spot just above pectoral fin; juveniles whitish to yellowish with irregular blackish stripes and blotches on side, and relatively large ocellated black spot on middle of dorsal fin.
Size: to 38 cm.
Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.
Depth: 0-82 m.
Gulf of California to northern Peru, also the Revillagigedos, Cocos, Galapagos and Malpelo.