Doubleline Wrasse, Wetmorella albofasciata Schultz & Marshall 1954

Other Names: Diagonal-lined Wrasse, Double-lined Wrasse, White Banded Possum Wrasse, White-banded Possum-wrasse, White-banded Possum Wrasse, Whitebanded Sharpnose Wrasse, White-barred Pigmy Wrasse

A Doubleline Wrasse, Wetmorella albofasciata, at Lomaiviti, Fiji, May 2017. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A small greyish to reddish-brown wrasse with narrow pale bands through the eye and on the body, a large reddish to black spot on the pelvic fin, and dark ocellated spots on the soft dorsal and anal fins, especially in juveniles.

This species resembles juvenile Redbreast Maori Wrasse, Cheilinus fasciatus, and slingjaw wrasses, Epibulus insidiator.

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Doubleline Wrasse, Wetmorella albofasciata Schultz & Marshall 1954

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Offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, and reefs in the Coral Sea; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Ind-Pacific.

This secretive wrasse usually shelters in caves and crevices in lagoons, outer reefs and dropoffs, usually on deeper reefs.

Species Citation

Wetmorella albofasciata Schultz & Marshall 1954, Proc. U. S. Natl Mus. 103(3327): 446, pl. 12C. Type locality: Mabul Island, Philippines.


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Doubleline Wrasse, Wetmorella albofasciata Schultz & Marshall 1954


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CAAB Code:37384173

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:8-42 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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