Choat's Wrasse, Macropharyngodon choati Randall 1978

Other Names: Choat's Leopard-wrasse, Red-flecked Wrasse

Juvenile Choat's Wrasse, Macropharyngodon choati, at Fly Point Marine Reserve, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales - depth 8m. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

A whitish leopard wrasse with irregular rows of orange blotches on the sides, and a black spot edged with yellow above and behind on the gill cover. Juveniles are whitish body with large irregular orange blotches, and the pelvic fins and anterior part of the dorsal fin are white in front and orange behind.

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Choat's Wrasse, Macropharyngodon choati Randall 1978

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Known from eastern Australia, Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs in the Tasman Sea, and New Caledonia. Inhabits in sandy and rubble areas in reef channels and on sheltered seaward reefs, usually with good algal growth. Juveniles often occur in seagrass beds.


Named for Dr Howard Choat.

Species Citation

Macropharyngodon choati Randall, 1978, Bull. Mar. Sci. 28(4): 761, fig. 5D. Type locality: One Tree Island, QLD. 


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Choat's Wrasse, Macropharyngodon choati Randall 1978


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384134

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-27 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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