Pseudolabrus luculentus (Richardson, 1848)

Pseudolabrus luculentus
Pseudolabrus luculentus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Pseudolabrus luculentus
Pseudolabrus luculentus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Additional Notes: 

Female pictured here. Best distinguished from similar looking Pseudolabrus guentheri by yellow anal fin.

Common name: Luculent Wrasse
Distribution:

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.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents coastal and offshore reef and islands. Depth to 50m.

Additional Notes:

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.