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Moon wrasse

Thalassoma lunare

(Image credit: David Harasti)

Juveniles have a greenish brown upper body with blue underside. Faint pink and purple irregular bands adorn the face. A black spot is found on the dorsal fin and another near the base of the tail. Caudal and anal fins are transparent.

Adults have a green to blue body with bright pink bands in irregular patterns on the face. The caudal fin is yellow in the centre, darker on the edges and moon shaped. The pectoral fins are elongated, pink in the centre and fringed in blue. Scales have faint pink edges. Some individuals have pink markings along the dorsal fin tips.

Length: Up to 30 cm


Shallow, protected coastal reefs and lagoons; 1-30 m depth

Log it

In New South Wales, log if spotted South of Port Stephens

Related links/info

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.

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 40

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