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 21 Jan 2021, http://126.96.36.199/home/genus/1646
Randall, J.E. 2013. Seven new species of labrid fishes (Coris, Iniistius, Macropharyngodon, Novaculops, and Pteragogus) from the Western Indian Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 7: 1-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1041964, open access