Long Green Wrasse, Pseudojuloides elongatus Ayling & Russell 1977

Other Names: Elongate Green Wrasse, Elongate Wrasse, Green Wrasse

A male Long Green Wrasse, Pseudojuloides elongatus, in Cabbage Tree Bay, Manly, New South Wales, February 2016. Source: John Sear / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Long Green Wrasse, Pseudojuloides elongatus Ayling & Russell 1977

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Known in Australia from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands to the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, and from northern New South Wales to Montague Island; also Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. The species occurs elsewhere in northeastern New Zealand (Cape Reinga to Poor Knights Islands). Found near kelp and weedy areas.


The species is named elongatus in reference to the elongate body form.

Species Citation

Pseudojuloides elongatus Ayling & Russell, 1977, Aust. Zool. 19(2): 174, figs 4-6, 8-10.Type data: Holotype NMNZ P.6153, Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Long Green Wrasse, Pseudojuloides elongatus Ayling & Russell 1977


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Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

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Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

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Randall, J.E. & Randall, H.A. 1981. A revision of the labrid fish genus Pseudojuloides, with descriptions of five new species. Pacific Science 35(1): 51-74.

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Victor, B.C. & Edward, J.M.B. 2015. Pseudojuloides zeus, a new deep-reef wrasse (Perciformes: Labridae) from Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 15: 41-52. PDF open access

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CAAB Code:37384148


Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:2-25 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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