Speckled Wrasse, Anampses meleagrides Valenciennes 1840

Other Names: Dotted Wrasse, Marble Wrasse, Spotted Tamarin Wrasse, Spotted Wrasse, Yellow Tail Tamarin, Yellowtail Wrasse

A female Speckled Wrasse, Anampses meleagrides, in the Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia, 2 August 2015. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Females are very dark brown with very pale yellow spots extending onto the dorsal and anal fins, and a bright yellow tail. Males are deep violet with irregular blue spots and lines on the head, blue spots or vertical dashes on the scales, and blue ocelli on the tail.

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Speckled Wrasse, Anampses meleagrides Valenciennes 1840

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Jurien Bay to Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to at least the Solitary Islands, New South Wales; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species is widespread in much of the Indo-west-central Pacific, from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Tuamotu Islands in the east, north to southern Japan, and south to northern Australia.
Adults inhabit areas of mixed coral, rubble, and sand on seaward reefs; also soft coral and sponge habitats.


Dorsal fin IX, 11-13; Anal fin III, 11-13.
Caudal fin of adults truncate to emarginate; rounded in small juveniles. 

Similar Species

Underwater, Anampses meleagrides is easily confused with male A. geographicus, unless A. meleagrides is displaying the iridescent blue-green lines and spots over the body and fins.

Species Citation

Anampses meleagrides Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1840, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 14: 12. Type locality: Mauritius.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Speckled Wrasse, Anampses meleagrides Valenciennes 1840


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384049

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:22 cm TL

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