General Description

Body with broad brownish, white and yellow stripes along sides and distinctive blue lines and 'scribbles' on head. Females and juveniles reddish-orange above, white along mid-sides and yellowish-brown below. Males brownish-orange above, yellowish-brown below, with an irregular black stripe below the white mid-lateral stripe, and blue spots on scale margins. Up to 40 cm long (head to tail tip).


Like many other members of the family Labridae, Maori Wrasse are capable of changing sex from female to male as they mature. Their name is derived from the tattoo-like markings around the face of adults. They are found on rocky reefs in habitats ranging from shallow estuaries to deeper offshore reefs.


Southern Australia.


Rocky reefs, to depth of 30 m.

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