Labroides phthirophagus

Yellowtail Coris Wrasse, Coris gaimard is being cleaned by Labroides phthirophagus.


Taxonavigation: Labriformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Eupercaria
Ordo: Labriformes

Familia: Labridae
Genus: Labroides
Species: Labroides phthirophagus



Labroides phthirophagus Randall, 1958

Holotype: USNM 164466. [Paratypes: BMNH 1955.12.12.1 (1), SU 48445 (2), USNM 164467-69 (1, 1, 1)].

Type locality: 100 yards offshore from Waikiki branch of Hawaii Marine Laboratory, Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaiian Islands, U.S.A., depth 7 feet.


  • Randall, J.E. 1958: A review of the labrid fish genus Labroides, with descriptions of two new species and notes on ecology. Pacific Science, 12(4): 327–347, Pl. 1.
  • Parenti, P. & J.E. Randall 2000: An annotated checklist of the species of the Labroid fish families Labridae and Scaridae. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J. L. B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, 68: 1–97.
  • Labroides phthirophagus in FishBase,
    Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2024. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 02/2024.

Vernacular names

English: Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse