Fish ID: Maori Wrasse

Wrasse maori wrasse nsw hp
Family Wrasse (LABRIDAE)
species Novaculichthys taeniourus
size Up to 40cm
locality Various habitats
behaviour Usually along reef margins
range Temperate waters

More elongated shape of wrasse, similar to comb wrasse, with brown upper body, and dark lateral band. Usual bluish fine scribbles on face.