Shoulderspot Wrasse, Leptojulis cyanopleura (Bleeker 1853)

Other Names: Blue-sided Wrasse, Blue-spot V-wrasse, Blue-spot Wrasse, Weedy Wrasse

A Shoulderspot Wrasse, Leptojulis cyanopleura, in Nelson Bay, New South Wales. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

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Shoulderspot Wrasse, Leptojulis cyanopleura (Bleeker 1853)

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Ningaloo Reef and offshore reefs of north Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, to Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west Pacific.
Forms small haremic aggregations over rubble bottoms and weedy areas, usually in turbid plankton-rich waters.


Feeds on zooplankton about a metre above the bottom.


Forms harems.

Species Citation

Julis (Halichoeres) cyanopleura Bleeker 1853, Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 4: 489. Type locality: Jakarta (as Batavia), Java, Indonesia. 


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Shoulderspot Wrasse, Leptojulis cyanopleura (Bleeker 1853)


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CAAB Code:37384027


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:4-45 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm TL

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