Home > Fishes > Wrasses > Cheilio inermis

Updated 11/3/2013

Family Labridae


Cheilio inermis

Yellow Female, Hanauma Bay, 25 feet


Yellow Female, Macaw, Midway Atoll, 25 feet

Female, Wakatobi, Indonesia, 4 feet


Male, Hanauma Bay, 40 feet

Male, Sea Cave, Oahu, 50 feet



Female, Lana'i Lookout, Oahu, 30 feet


Juvenile, Kahala, Oahu

Juvenile, Kahala, Oahu

CIGAR WRASSE     kūpoupou

A skittish cylindrical species locally common on seaweed-covered reefs and rubble areas exposed to surge.  Females usually striped with brown or green, rarely all-yellow, males gray-brown with orange and black blotches behind the pectoral fins.  Feeds upon small fish and invertebrates.  Attains 20 inches.  Hawai‘i, Southern Japan, and the Indo-Pacific.