Pinkspeckled Wrasse, Xenojulis margaritaceus (Macleay 1883)

Other Names: Finspot Wrasse, Pearly Rainbowfish, Pearly Weed-wrasse, Pink Speckled Wrasse

Pinkspeckled Wrasse, Xenojulis margaritaceus. Source: Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

A small wrasse found on sandy or rubble areas amongst dense coral growth. Males are a speckled dark reddish above, paler below, with irregular green and dark reddish stripes on the head and a yellow iris. The elongate pelvic-fin rays may reach the anus in females and beyond the anal fin in males.

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Pinkspeckled Wrasse, Xenojulis margaritaceus (Macleay 1883)

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Ningaloo Reef to the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific (New Guinea and Philippines)

Species Citation

Platyglossus margaritaceus Macleay, 1883, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 1 8(2): 274. Type locality: Hood Bay, New Guinea.


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Pinkspeckled Wrasse, Xenojulis margaritaceus (Macleay 1883)


Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

de Beaufort, L.F. 1939. Xenojulis, a new genus of labroid fishes. Philippines Journal of Science 69(4): 415-419 figs 1-3

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

Macleay, W.J. 1883. Contribution to the knowledge of the fishes of New Guinea. No. 4. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 8(2): 252-280

Randall, J.E. & Adamson, T.A. 1982. A review of the monotypic Indo-Malayan labrid fish genus Xenojulis. Pacific Science 36(1): 119-123 figs 1-4 PDF Open Access

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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CAAB Code:37384175

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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