Australian Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys devisi (Whitley 1941)

Other Names: Australian Slender-wrasse, De Vis' Rainbow-fish, Gracilis Wrasse

An Australian Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys devisi, in Nelson Bay, New South Wales. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

Females (initial phase) are pinkish above, whitish below, with a reddish-brown stripe along the upper side from the snout through the eye to a small dark spot on the tailbase, and a short diagonal bluish-black stripe above the pectoral fin. Males (terminal phase) have a bluish stripe on the dorsal and anal fins, and an orange ‘V-shape’ band with a blue margin in the caudal fin.

Previously, this species was considered to be a junior synonym of Suezichthys gracilis, which is found only in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

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Dianne J. Bray, Suezichthys devisi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Feb 2024,

Australian Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys devisi (Whitley 1941)

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Recorded in Australia from the southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Jervis Bay, New South Wales; also in New Caledonia. Inhabits silty sandy, rubble or muddy bottoms in harbours, estuaries, and coastal bays, and also deeper reefs.


Dianne J. Bray

Australian Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys devisi (Whitley 1941)


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CAAB Code:37384195

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm SL

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