Clearwater Wrasse, Pseudocoris aequalis Randall & Walsh 2008


Other Names: Holmes Torpedo-wrasse

A terminal-phase Clearwater Wrasse, Pseudocoris aequalis, from Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea, Australia. Source: Fenton Walsh / Cairns Marine. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
Terminal males are blue on the upper half of the body, and and abruptly white lower half, with several narrow dark stripes from behind the upper part of the eye to the end of the gill cover. Larger intermediate phase fish have a dusky orange to violet to blue-green upper half, and an abruptly paler on lower half, with a darker wide band from the front of the snout through the eye, ending in a dark spot on the rear of the gill cover. Smaller individuals are orangish with two white stripes on the head above and below the eye. The iris is reddish orange.

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2020, Pseudocoris aequalis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 May 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4894

Clearwater Wrasse, Pseudocoris aequalis Randall & Walsh 2008

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Distribution

Recorded in Australia from Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea, 150 km east of Cairns, to off Danger Point, Queensland, with juveniles as far south as Sydney, New South Wales. Inhabits rubble and hard bottoms in depths of 8-15 m.

Species Citation

Pseudocoris aequalis Randall & Walsh 2008, aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 14(2): 53, Figs. 18-21. Type locality: Holmes Reef, Coral Sea, 8-10 m. [16°27.0'S, 147°51.50'E].

Author

Bray, D.J. 2020

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Clearwater Wrasse, Pseudocoris aequalis Randall & Walsh 2008

References


Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 398.

Randall, J.E., Connell, A.D. & Victor, B.C. 2015. Review of the labrid fishes of the Indo-Pacific genus Pseudocoris, with a description of two new species. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 16: 1-55. PDF Open access

Randall, J.E. & Walsh, F. 2008. A pictorial review of the Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Pseudocoris, with description of a new species from the Coral Sea. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 14(2): 45–58.

Sadovy, Y. 2010. Pseudocoris aequalis . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187789A8630437. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T187789A8630437.en. Downloaded on 21 January 2020.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37384207

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:8-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL

Native:Endemic

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