Image: Castelnau's Wrasse, Dotalabrus aurantiacus

Castelnau's Wrasse, Dotalabrus aurantiacus

A Castelnau's Wrasse at a depth of 6 m, Rapid Bay Jetty, South Australia, 7 August 2011.

Phil Mercurio
© Phil Mercurio


Thank you to Rudie Kuiter for his help identifying the fish.  Rudie stated "This looks like Dotalabrus aurantiacus. This is probably an adult female. In South Australia they are usually brownish when living in red-algae habitats."

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Dotalabrus aurantiacus, Castelnau's Wrasse, Labridae, grey, gray, white, bands, blue, spots, dots, red,