Bluetail Wrasse, Anampses femininus Randall 1972

Other Names: Blue-striped Orange Tamarin, Blue-tail Wrasse, Feminine Wrasse, South Seas Wrasse

Bluetail Wrasse, Anampses femininus, at Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, November 2016. Source: David R / Atlas of Living Australia. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

Females have a bright yellow head gradually becoming iridescent blue on the rear of the body, with narrow iridescent blue stripes along the side, and a small black spot at the rear of the dorsal and anal fins. Males are yellowish with a vertical blue bar on each scale, broad blue bands on a dark head, and dark fins.

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Bluetail Wrasse, Anampses femininus Randall 1972

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Coral Sea and southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Jervis Bay, New South Wales, with juveniles to Montague Island. Elsewhere the species occurs in the south-west Pacific: Chesterfield Islands and New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Pitcairn and Easter Island. Inhabits clear rocky and coral reefs at depths to 30 m - often in small groups.

Species Citation

Anampses femininus Randall 1972, Micronesica 8(1–2): 176, pl. 3(A, B). Type locality: Easter Island, 15-20 feet. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Bluetail Wrasse, Anampses femininus Randall 1972


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CAAB Code:37384047


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:24 cm TL

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