Whitebarred Pink Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus ocellatus Randall 1999

Other Names: Fivebarred Wrasse, Magenta Wrasse, Mystery Wrassse, Tail Spot Wrasse, White-barred Pink Wrasse, Whitebarred Wrasse

A Whitebarred Pink Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus ocellatus, at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, April 2013. Source: @uwkwaj / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A striking reddish-pink wrasse with or without a series of vertical pale fine white to yellowish bands and many fine vertical lines of varying intensity along the side, a dark ocellus on a yellow tail base, a yellowish head with blue and purple markings, and a bright yellow eye. 

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Whitebarred Pink Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus ocellatus Randall 1999

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Reefs in the Coral Sea off northern Queensland (Lihou & Holmes reefs). Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west-central Pacific.
A secretive cryptic species that prefers darker areas on deeper reefs, often in caves and beneath overhangs on drop-offs.


The species is named ocellatus for the distinct ocellated black spot at the posterior of the body.

Species Citation

Pseudocheilinus ocellatus Randall 1999, Indo-Pacific Fishes 28: 21, fig. 3, pls 1H, 2A. Type locality: Laura Island, Masuro Atoll, Marshall Islands, 26 m. 


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Whitebarred Pink Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus ocellatus Randall 1999


Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Fairy & Rainbow Wrasses and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 207 pp. 

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics 398 pp. 

Randall, J.E. 1999. Revision of the Indo-Pacific labrid fishes of the genus Pseudocheilinus, with descriptions of three new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 28: 1-34 figs 1-4 pls 1-2 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. (as Pseudocheilinus sp.)

Sadovy, Y.J. 2010. Pseudocheilinus ocellatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155314A4773189. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T155314A4773189.en. Downloaded on 04 March 2018.

Westneat, M.W. 2001. Labridae. pp. 3381-3467 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

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CAAB Code:37384184


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:20-70 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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