Suezichthys arquatus (Russell, 1985)

Suezichthys arquatus
Suezichthys arquatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 11 March 2016
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
13m
Additional Notes: 

Adult fish pictured here.

Suezichthys arquatus
Suezichthys arquatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 26 April 2013
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Suezichthys arquatus
Suezichthys arquatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 24 November 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
17m
Additional Notes: 

Small juvenile 60mm in length.

Common name: Painted Rainbow Wrasse
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Western Pacific region: New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands, northeast coast of New Zealand. Also reported from southern Japan. In Australia recorded from southern Queensland south to southern New South Wales and including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents inshore shallow reefs, sand patches and rubble areas. Depth 13 - 100 m.

Additional Notes:

Inverted V stripe on tail, yellow cheek and rows of bright blue spots on sides of male. Female pink to pale red, with lines of blue spots, juvenile in bottom photograph, pink dorsally, pale below with ocelli at front and rear of dorsal fin, plus small spot on upper tail base. Feeds on small crustaceans and other invertebrates. Grows to 14 cm.

References:

Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.278.

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.335.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=suezichthys+arquatus. Accessed 10/07/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Suezichthys-arquatus.html. Accessed 10/07/18.