Yellowfin Flasher Wrasse, Paracheilinus flavianalis Kuiter & Allen 1999

Other Names: Yellow-fin Flasher-wrasse

A male (Terminal Phase) Yellowfin Flasher Wrasse, Paracheilinus flavianalis, in Bali, Indonesia (approx 60 mm SL) - showing male-nuptial display. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter in Allen, Erdmann & Yusmalinda (2016) Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 19: 18–90. License: CC BY Attribution

Males are yellowish-orange with three blue stripes along the side, including a short middle stripe, three blue bands radiating from the eye, a large bright red tear-drop shaped marking on the dorsal fin that encompasses a single elongated filamentous ray, yellowish-orange pelvic fins, a large yellowish-orange anal fin with a narrow blue margin, and a rounded yellowish caudal fin with a blue basal band and a narrow blue margin.
Females are reddish with violet stripes and no elongated dorsal-fin ray.

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Yellowfin Flasher Wrasse, Paracheilinus flavianalis Kuiter & Allen 1999

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Outer reefs on the Northwest Shelf, Western Australia (Scott, Seringapatam, and Hibernia reefs), and Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in southern and eastern Indonesia (Lesser Sunda Islands - Bali eastward), Molucca Islands, Halmahera, Raja Ampat Islands, the southern coast of the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua), and Timor Leste. 

Occurs over rubble or weedy areas on outer reef slopes, often at the base of seaward slopes. Small groups with numerous females, juveniles and several males are usually seen. Small juveniles are secretive.


Dorsal fin IX, 11; Anal fin III, 9; Pectoral fin 14; Lateral line scale 15-16 + 4-7; Gill rakers first arch (total) 13-15.


The specific name flavianalis is from the Latin flavus (= yellow) and analis (= anal), in reference to the yellow colour of the anal fin in both sexes.

Species Citation

Paracheilinus flavianalis Kuiter & Allen 1999, aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 3(3): 123, figs 4-7. Type locality: Scott Reef, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Yellowfin Flasher Wrasse, Paracheilinus flavianalis Kuiter & Allen 1999


Allen, G.R. 1974. A review of the labrid genus Paracheilinus, with the description of a new species from Melanesia. Pacific Science 28(4): 449-455.

Allen, G.R. 1996. New records of reef and shore fishes from northwestern Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 18: 109-112 (as Paracheilinus maccoskeri)

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

Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann & N.L.A. Yusmalinda. 2013. Paracheilinus rennyae, a new species of flasherwrasse (Perciformes: Labridae) from southern Indonesia. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 19(4): 193-206.

Allen, G.R., Erdmann, M.V. & Yusmalinda, N.L.A. 2016. Review of the Indo-Pacific Flasherwrasses of the genus Paracheilinus (Perciformes: Labridae), with descriptions of three new species. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 19: 18–90.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Fairy & Rainbow Wrasses and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 207 pp.

Liu, M. & To, A. 2010. Paracheilinus flavianalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187635A8586602. Downloaded on 22 February 2016.

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CAAB Code:37384185


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:6-35 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8.5 cm TL


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