Thalassoma nigrofasciatum (Randall, 2003)

Thalassoma nigrofasciatum
Thalassoma nigrofasciatum
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Location: 
South Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Thalassoma jansenii
Thalassoma jansenii
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
11m
Common name: Blackbarred Wrasse
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical West Pacific region, from northern New South Wales to Japan and Micronesia, Indian Ocean to the Maldives. In Australia recorded from northern Great Barrier Reef in Queensland south to northern New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents coastal and offshore reefs and islands. Depth to 20m.

Additional Notes:

Usually solitary as adult, juveniles may be in small groups. Once thought to be Thalassoma jansenii  which is now recognised as only occurring west of Torres Strait. Moves constantly over an area, feeding on crustaceans and other invertebrates. Juvenile in top photograph, adult in lower photograph, note more rounded snout. Grows to 25cm.