Pseudolabrus luculentus (Richardson, 1848)
Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, although at the northern extremity of its range on the east coast of Australia. Distributed through the south west Pacific region, Lord Howe, Norfolk and Kermadec Islands, and North East New Zealand. In Australia recorded from northern New South Wales south to eastern Victoria.
Frequents coastal and offshore reef and islands. Depth to 50m.
Distinct row of black and white dots below the dorsal fin allows ready identification of adults. Yellow anal fin helps distinguish intermediate phases and females from similar looking P. guentheri. Benthic feeders on small crustaceans and other invertebrates. Constantly moving through the area. Adult male in top photograph, juvenile below. Grows to 20cm.