(Image credit: Graham Edgar)
Rick Stuart-Smith (Male - above), Reef Life Survey)
This wrasse is a well known New South Wales coastal reef species that also inhabits the coast from Queensland and south to Mallacoota. In Tasmania, this species has been identified in diving surveys in the Bass Strait and around the Kent Group Islands.
MALE: have a green body and white tail with the namesake red band across the body and red fins. FEMALE: The females are red with many rows of white dots all over the body.
JUVENILE: are green with white spots.
Length: Up to 49 cm
Exposed reef; 4-40 m depth
Log this species wherever it is spotted in Tasmanian or Victorian waters
Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.
Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:
Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne
Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne
Last, P. R., Scott, E. 0. G., and Talbot, F. H. (1983). 'Fishes of Tasmania.' (Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority: Hobart)
Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/