Anampses melanurus (Bleeker, 1856)

Anampses melanurus
Anampses melanurus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 11 January 2014
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Common name: Blacktail Wrasse
Distribution:

Rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Pacific Ocean extending to Easter Island. Known from Indonesia to the Marquesas and Society Islands, north to Ryukyu Islands and south to Scott Reef on north western shelf off Western Australia. In Australia recorded from the Great Barrier Reef. 

Ecological Notes:

Adults frequent seaward reefs, reef slopes and drop-offs, usually in groups comprising a single male and several females. Depth to 30m.

Additional Notes:

Feeds on small crustaceans, molluscs and polychaete worms. Similar Anampses meleagrides female has completely yellow tail. Grows to 12cm.

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.286.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://www.fishbase.org/summary/5622. Accessed 17/04/18.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=anampses+melanurus. Accessed 17/04/18.