Blue-and-yellow Wrasse, Anampses lennardi Scott 1959

Other Names: Blue And Yellow Wrasse, Lennard’s Tamarin Wrasse, Lennard's Wrasse

A male Blue-and-yellow Wrasse, Anampses lennardi, off North West Cape, Western Australia, January 2018. Source: glen_whisson / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A stunning wrasse with broken bright  yellow and torquoise stripes along the side, bands and stripes on the head, and a yellow tail. Juveniles are blackish with a yellow dorsal fin, fine white spots on the head and narrow white stripes on the sides. 

Video of a Blue-and-yellow Wrasse (aka Lennard's Wrasse) in an aquarium.
Another Blue-and-yellow Wrasse in an aquarium.

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Blue-and-yellow Wrasse, Anampses lennardi Scott 1959

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Endemic to northern Australia from Shark Bay and offshore islands of Western Australia, to the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. Inhabits sheltered and silty reefs in depths to 25 m.


Juveniles are black with a yellow dorsal fin, fine white spots on the head and narrow white stripes on the sides. With growth, they become yellowish, the narrow white stripes broaden and become increasingly blue. Adolescent Lennard’s wrasse are golden brown with 4-5 broad blue irregular stripes along the body that are a bright blue on the face, and break up into blue spots on the anterior part of the body. The caudal fin is mostly yellow, and the dorsal and anal fins have a bright blue basal and outer margins. As they change sex, individuals the colours intensify into a lemon yellow terminal male with a torquoise-blue dot and dash pattern.

Species Citation

Anampses lennardi Scott 1959, Trans. Roy. Soc. S. A. 82: 86, fig. 6. Type locality: Point Sampson, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Blue-and-yellow Wrasse, Anampses lennardi Scott 1959


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384016


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-25 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:28 cm TL


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