Animal Species:Snakeskin Wrasse, Eupetrichthys angustipes (Ramsay & Ogilby, 1888)

The Snakeskin Wrasse can be recognised by its shape and colour.  It is often observed swimming slightly above the seabed, with its head pointing obliquely upwards.

Snakeskin Wrasse, Eupetrichthys angustipes

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Standard Common Name

Snakeskin Wrasse

Identification

The Snakeskin Wrasse can be recognised by its elongate body and colour pattern. It has broad bands on the side of the body and spots on the head.

Size range

The species grows to 20 cm in length.

Distribution

The Snakeskin Wrasse is endemic to Australia, occurring in temperate marine waters from northern New South Wales to south-western Western Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Eupetrichthys angustipes

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Snakskin Wrasse specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species is most commonly seen over sandy substrates near weedy or rocky areas from depths of only a few metres to around 40 m.

Other behaviours and adaptations

It is often observed swimming slightly above the seabed, with its head pointing obliquely upwards.  It also commonly assumes a curled positon on the bottom with its tail pointing forward and its head raised off the bottom.

Classification

Species:
angustipes
Genus:
Eupetrichthys
Family:
Labridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life; the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books. Pp. 544.
  2. Gomon, M.F. & B.C. Russell in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  3. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Snakeskin Wrasse, Eupetrichthys angustipes, Labridae, green, white, black, brown, 10 cm - 30 cm, marine, temperate,