Redband Wrasse, Pseudolabrus biserialis (Klunzinger 1880)

Other Names: Red-band Wrasse, Red-banded Wrasse

A pair of Redband Wrasse, Pseudolabrus biserialis, at Rottnest Island, Western Australia, June 2019. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike


A reddish wrasse with two broad white stripes along the lower side. Females have black spots along the back and dorsal fin, while males have a bright red anal fin, a yellow caudal fin, and the dorsal fin with a distinct black stripe and a yellow margin.

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Redband Wrasse, Pseudolabrus biserialis (Klunzinger 1880)

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Port Lincoln area and the Investigator Group, South Australia, to the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia, in depths of 1-20 m.

Commonly inhabits macroalgal beds on exposed coastal reefs in the southern parts of its range.


Carnivore - probably feeds on benthic invertebrates such as small crustaceans.


  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern
  • Etymology

    The specific name biserialis is from the Latin bi, meaning 'two', and series, meaning 'row', apparently in reference to the two rows of cheek scales that characterise this species.

    Species Citation

    Labrichthys biserialis Klunzinger 1880, Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 80(1): 402. Type locality: King George Sound, Western Australia.


    Bray, D.J. 2020


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    Redband Wrasse, Pseudolabrus biserialis (Klunzinger 1880)


    Edgar, G.J. 2008. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Sydney : Reed New Holland 2nd edn, 624 pp. 

    Gill, T.N. 1892. On the genera Labrichthys and Pseudolabrus. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 14(861): 395-404

    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.

    Grant, E.M. 1991. Fishes of Australia. Brisbane : EM Grant Pty Ltd 480 pp. 

    Hoschke, A., Whisson, G. & Moore, G.I. 2019. Complete list of fishes from Rottnest Island. pp. 150-161 in Whisson, G. & Hoschke, A. (eds) The Rottnest Island fish book. 2nd ed. Perth: Aqua Research and Monitoring Services.

    Hutchins, J.B. 1997. Checklist of fishes of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. pp. 239-253 in Wells, F. (ed.) The Marine Fauna and Flora of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum.

    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: 247-270

    Hutchins, J.B. 2005. Checklist of marine fishes of Recherche Archipelago and adjacent mainland waters. pp. 425-449 in Wells, F.E., Walker, D.I. & Kendrick, G.A. (eds). Proceedings of the Twelfth International Marine Biological Workshop: The Marine Flora and Fauna of Esperance, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum.

    Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp.

    Klunzinger, C.B. 1880. Die von Müller'sche Sammlung australischer Fische in Stuttgart. Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 80(1): 325-430 pls 1-9

    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.

    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.

    Russell, B.C. 1988. Revision of the labrid fish genus Pseudolabrus and allied genera. Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 9: 1-72. PDF Open access

    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.

    Russell, B. & Pollard, D. 2010. Pseudolabrus biserialis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187542A8563316. Downloaded on 01 August 2019.

    Quick Facts

    CAAB Code:37384149


    Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

    Depth:1-20 m

    Max Size:25 cm

    Max Size:Reef associated


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