Pastel-green Wrasse, <i>Halichoeres chloropterus</i> Click to enlarge image
A male Pastel-green Wrasse at a depth of 6m, Redang Island, Malaysia, April 2001. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    chloropterus
    Genus
    Halichoeres
    Family
    Labridae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to about 19 cm in length.

Introduction

The Pastel-green Wrasse can be recognised by its colouration. The species, which grows to about 19 cm in length occurs in the tropical Western Pacific.

Identification

The Pastel-green Wrasse can be recognised by its colouration. Females are pale green above and white below. They have small dark spots on the sides of the body, a thin dark line on the pectoral fin base and thin dark lines on the abdomen. A dark smudge may be present on the side of the body.

Males are greenish with pink spots on the side of the body that form a network of lines anteriorly. The head has irregular bands of pink and green.

Habitat

It occurs on coral reefs and inshore waters.

Distribution

The Pastel-green Wrasse occurs in the tropical Western Pacific.

In Australia it is known from northern Queensland.

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.



References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. 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.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.