Blackback Wrasse, Anampses neoguinaicus Bleeker 1878

Other Names: Black-back Wrasse, Black-backed Wrasse, New Guinea Wrasse

A Blackback Wrasse, Anampses neoguinaicus, at North West Solitary Island, New South Wales, 14 January 2014. Source: Ian V. Shaw. License: CC by Attribution

Males are blackish above with pale blue dots, shading gradually to pale yellowish green, with a light blue line on each scale, and the upper half of head dark reddish with dark-edged blue bands radiating from the eye. Females black with blue spots above, becoming pale yellowish on the sides and white below, with a large black ocellus on the gill cover and a broad black stripe on the anal fin. 

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384050

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:4-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:20 cm SL

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