Pseudolabrus guentheri (Bleeker, 1862)

Pseudolabrus guentheri
Pseudolabrus guentheri
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 13 January 2017
Location: 
N W Solitary Is.
Depth: 
12m
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
11m
Common name: Gunthers Wrasse
Distribution:

Abundant in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed in the Western Pacific region: from Eastern Australia, Lindeman Island in Queensland south to Montague Island in southern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents rocky and coral reefs generally in shallow water. Depth 1 - 20 m.

Additional Notes:

Distinctive pattern of brown lines on green face of male. Juveniles and females have variable colouration, from green to brown, but with spot at front of dorsal fin, see top photograph. Similar Pseudolabrus luculentus male has distinct row of black and white dots below the dorsal fin, intermediate phases have yellow anal fin. Grows to 18 cm. 

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.331.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Pseudolabrus+guentheri. Accessed 04/07/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Pseudolabrus-guentheri.html. Accessed 04/07/18.