Notolabrus gymnogenis (Gunther, 1862)
Abundant in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to eastern Australia with records from southern Queensland, New South Wales and Lord Howe Island.
Solitary or small family groups. Often follow divers, especially if the bottom is being disturbed. Depth to about 40m.
May be seen constantly moving through an area, female and initial phase more commonly seen. Distinct colour variations between sexes, initial phase shown top photograph, adult male, middle with small juvenile 20mm in length below. Feeds on small crustaceans, molluscs, worms and other invertebrates, juveniles often found in estuaries and protected bays. Grows to 40cm.