Striped Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys bifurcatus Russell 1986

Other Names: Striped Trawl Wrasse, Striped Trawl-wrasse

Striped Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys bifurcatus. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

A wrasse with a brownish back becoming white, with a black mid-lateral stripe, irregular dark spots along the back and dorsal-fin base, a narrow broken strip along the mid-upper side, and a  a dark spot on the pectoral-fin base and yellow dorsal, anal and caudal fins.

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Striped Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys bifurcatus Russell 1986

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Endemic to southern and south-western Australia, from the Great Australian Bight, South Australia (133°E), to Rottnest Island, Western Australia.


Occasionally taken as by-catch in bottom trawls.

Species Citation

Suezichthys bifurcatus Russell 1986, Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Aust. 110(2): 59, figs 1-2. Type locality: Great Australian Bight, WA. 


Bray, D.J.


Australian Faunal Directory

Striped Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys bifurcatus Russell 1986


Gomon, M.F. &. Russell, B.C. 1994. Family Labridae. pp. 675-699 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J., Kuiter, R.H., 2008. Fisheries of Australia's Southern Coast. New Holland Press, Sydney & Museum Victoria.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Fairy & Rainbow Wrasses and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 207 pp. 

Russell, B.C. 1986. A new species of Suezichthys (Pisces : Labridae) from the Great Australian Bight. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 110(2): 59-61.

Russell, B. & Sadovy, Y.J. 2010. Suezichthys bifurcatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154720A4617579. Downloaded on 28 October 2016.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384160

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:26-100 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL


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