Fish ID: Maori Wrasse

Wrasse southern maori wrasse nsw hp
Family Wrasse (LABRIDAE)
species Ophthalmolepsis lineolata
size Up to 36cm
locality Various habitats
behaviour Loose aggregations of one male and several females
range Southern Australian waters

More elongated form of wrasse, similar to comb wrasse, with brown upper body, and dark lateral band. Usual bluish fine scribbles on face, and blue speckles along top of back. Referred to as the Southern Maori Wrasse as is found in southern Australian waters.