Stethojulis interrupta (Bleeker, 1851)

Stethojulis interrupta
Stethojulis interrupta
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Stethojulis interrupta
Stethojulis interrupta
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Additional Notes: 

Larger juvenile pictured here, approximately 50mm long.

Stethojulis interrupta
Stethojulis interrupta
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Location: 
NW Solitary Island
Depth: 
9m
Additional Notes: 

Adult male pictured here.

Common name: Brokenline Wrasse
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed through the Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Papua New Guinea, south to Lord Howe Island. In Australia recorded from Shark Bay in Western Australia across the tropical north, from the northern Great Barrier Reef south to Eastern Victoria and including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents coastal reefs and harbours, shallow offshore reef. Shallow to 20m depth.

Additional Notes:

Feeds by sorting small animals from mouthfuls of sand and detritus. Small juvenile pictured top, approximately 20mm long, larger juvenile 50mm long in second photograph, adult male in lower photograph. Grows to 13cm.