Genus Novaculops

A small genus of sand-diving wrasses found on open sandy areas. When threatened they dive quickly into the sand. Species have the following characters: first dorsal spine flexible, spines II to IX sharp-tipped; vertical line through front of eye behind rear corner of mouth, least preorbital distance 2–2.5 in postorbital length of head (Randall 2013).
Author: Bray, D.J. 2019

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Novaculops in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 May 2024,


Randall, J.E. 2013. Seven new species of labrid fishes (CorisIniistiusMacropharyngodonNovaculops, and Pteragogus) from the Western Indian Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 7: 1-43., open access