Animal Species:Spot-tail Wrasse, Coris caudimacula (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
Adult Spot-tail Wrasse can be recognised by their pattern of stripes and bars. The species occurs in tropical waters of the eastern Indian and western Pacific regions.
Standard Common Name
Spotted Tail Wrasse, Spotted-tail Wrasse, Tail-spot Rainbow-wrasse
Adult Spot-tail Wrasse have a pattern of distinct bars and stripes on the body. There is usually a spot on the rear of the operculum.
The species occurs in tropical waters of the eastern Indian and western Pacific regions. In Australia it is known from south-western Western Australia to northern 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.
Distribution by collection data
- Allen, G.R. 2009. Field Guide to Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 287.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae Fishes: Wrasses. Aquatic Photographics. Pp. 398.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology