Animal Species:Gunther's Wrasse, Pseudolabrus guentheri Bleeker, 1862
Gunther's Wrasse is best recognised by the orange-brown lines on its head. It is commonly seen on coastal and estuarine reefs.
Standard Common Name
Chocolate Parrotfish, Günther's Rainbowfish
Gunther's Wrasse has a small mouth with canine teeth anteriorly in both jaws. Its colour varies from green to brown, often with dark spots along the upper sides. It is best recognised by the orange-brown lines on its head.
The species grows to 20 cm in length.
The species is recorded from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
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
It is commonly seen on coastal and estuarine reefs down to about 20 m in depth.
- 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.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Günther's Wrasse, Pseudolabrus guentheri, Labridae, Gunther's wrasse, yellow, green, brown, red, white, black, 'normal fish', 10 cm - 30 cm, stripes or bands, coastal reef, marine, adult,