Connie's Wrasse, Conniella apterygia Allen 1983

Other Names: Mutant Wrasse, Rowley Shoals Wrasse

Connie's Wrasse, Conniella apterygia. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase via EOL. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A very rare and unusual wrasse that lacks pelvic fins - a feature not found in other members of the family Labridae. Males have a long pointed tail, bright red and yellowish to white stripes along the sides, a red dorsal fin with yellow and blue outer stripes, and bluish anal and caudal fins.

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Connie's Wrasse, Conniella apterygia Allen 1983

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Endemic to north Western Australia, from SE of Rowley Shoals to Scott Reef, WA. Occurs on steep outer reef slopes over rubble with patches of live coral in depths of 12-100+ m.

Species Citation

Allen, 1983, Revue française d'Aquariologie 10(2): 43-46.Type locality: Rowley Shoals, outer reef slope east of Bedwell Island, Clerke Reef, Western Australia, about 17°16'S, 119°22'E, 32 m.


Dianne J. Bray

Connie's Wrasse, Conniella apterygia Allen 1983


Allen, G.R. 1983. A new genus and species of wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) from Rowley Shoals, Western Australia. Revue française d'Aquariologie 10(2): 43-46.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Fairy and rainbow wrasses and their relatives – a comprehensive guide to selected labrids. TMC Publishing, Chorleywood, UK.

Russell, B. & Pollard, D. 2010. Conniella apterygia. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. . Downloaded on 19 March 2014.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384087

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Vulnerable

Depth:12-110+ m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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