Brownfield's Wrasse, Halichoeres brownfieldi (Whitley 1945)

Other Names: Brownfields Wrasse

Brownfield's Wrasse, Halichoeres brownfieldi, at Rottnest Island, Western Australia, 12 February 2013. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A green to brown wrasse with a broad tapering white stripe running below the eye along the lower part of the body, a narrow broken white stripe along the back, two rows of black spots along the midside, and small ocelli on the rear of the dorsal fin and on the tail base.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Halichoeres brownfieldi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 05 Dec 2020,

Brownfield's Wrasse, Halichoeres brownfieldi (Whitley 1945)

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Endemic to Western Australia, from Twilight Cove, Great Australian Bight, to Point Quobba, and possibly as far north as Ningaloo Reef. Inhabits macroalgal-covered reefs and adjacent seagrass areas, often in large schools.

Species Citation

Choerojulis brownfieldi Whitley 1945, Aust. Zool. 11(1): 28, fig. 13. Type locality: Garden Island off Fremantle WA.


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Brownfield's Wrasse, Halichoeres brownfieldi (Whitley 1945)


Gomon, M.F. &. Russell, B.C. 1994. Family Labridae. pp. 675-699 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Biodiversity of shallow reef fish assemblages in Western Australia using a rapid censusing technique. Records of the Western Australian Museum 20(3): 247-270. PDF available Open access

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Pollard, D., Choat, H. & Russell, B. 2010. Halichoeres brownfieldi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187761A8624035. Downloaded on 22 January 2017.

Russell, B.C. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Labridae. pp. 638-659 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Whitley, G.P. 1945. New sharks and fishes from Western Australia. Part 2. The Australian Zoologist 11(1): 1-42 figs 1-15

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384108

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL


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