Thalassoma nigrofasciatum (Randall, 2003)
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.
Frequents coastal and offshore reefs and islands. Depth to 20m.
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.