Elegant Wrasse, Anampses elegans Ogilby 1889


Other Names: Elegans Wrasse

A male (terminal phase) Elegant Wrasse, Anampses elegans. Source: Dave Harasti / http://www.daveharasti.com/. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
The striking males are brownish above with an yellowish-orange mid lateral stripe separating the blue lower sides, a yellow spot on the gill cover, a yellow tail and dark stripes through the eyes. Females are light brown with a faint blue spot on each scale above the lateral line and about 7 indistinct golden stripes along the sides, dark stripes through the eyes, and a silvery chin.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Anampses elegans in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1218

Elegant Wrasse, Anampses elegans Ogilby 1889

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Distribution

Broughton Island to southern New South Wales, especially around offshore islands; also the Lord Howe Province and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. The species is relatively widespread in sub-tropical to warm temperate waters of the Tasman Sea including northern New Zealand.
Inhabits rocky and coral reefs, commonly around offshore reefs and islands. Juveniles may form small schools amongst algae in coastal bays and harbours.

Feeding

Feeds mainly on crustaceans, molluscs and polycheate worms.

Etymology

The specific name is from the Latin elegans (= elegant, fine), presumably in reference to the colourful males: "Mr. Saunders collected several specimens of this handsome Anampses".

Species Citation

Anampses elegans Ogilby 1889, Memoirs of the Australian Museum 2(3): 67. Type data: Lectotype AM I.1932, Lord Howe Island.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2022

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Elegant Wrasse, Anampses elegans Ogilby 1889

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37384046

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:29 cm TL

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