Fish ID: Eastern Blue Groper

Wrasse eastern blue groper male achoerodus viridus syd
Family Wrasse (LABRIDAE)
species Achoerodus viridus
size To 1.2m
locality Exposed and sheltered rocky reefs
behaviour Will approach divers as divers in the past have broken sea urchins open for them
range Western Victorian to Southern Queensland coastal waters

Large solid looking bodies, with thick lips and protruding teeth. Males are deep blue in colour, females are brown. Males dominate a harem-like group of females.