Red Slender Wrasse, Hologymnosus rhodonotus Randall & Yamakawa 1998

Other Names: Red Cigar-wrasse, Redback Longface Wrasse, Redback Ringwrasse

A Red Slender Wrasse, Hologymnosus rhodonotus, from Bali, Indonesia, 1957. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Hologymnosus rhodonotus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 10 Jul 2020,

Red Slender Wrasse, Hologymnosus rhodonotus Randall & Yamakawa 1998

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Recorded from Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Small groups or individuals inhabit seaward reefs in areas of mixed sand, rubble, and coral, often in areas with Halimeda algae.


This is one of the many wrasse species that dives into the sand when threatened, and also sleeps there at night.

Species Citation

Hologymnosus rhodonotus Randall & Yamakawa 1998, Rev. Fr. d'Aquariol. 15(1): 26, figs 1- 2. Type locality: Naha fish market, Okinawa Island, Ryukyu Islands, Japan. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Red Slender Wrasse, Hologymnosus rhodonotus Randall & Yamakawa 1998


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. (as Hologymnosus sp.)

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 pp. 398.

Randall, J.E. & Yamakawa, T. 1988. A new species of the labrid fish of the genus Hologymnosus from the Western Pacific, with notes on H. longipes. Rev. Fr. Aquariol 15(1): 25-30.

Yeeting, B. 2010. Hologymnosus rhodonotus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187627A8584591. Downloaded on 11 August 2016.

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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Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:15-40m (usually 25-40)

Fishing:Aquarium fish (rare)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:32 cm TL

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