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

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.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Pseudocoris aequalis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 08 Oct 2022,

Clearwater Wrasse, Pseudocoris aequalis Randall & Walsh 2008

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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].


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Clearwater Wrasse, Pseudocoris aequalis Randall & Walsh 2008


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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. Downloaded on 21 January 2020.

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CAAB Code:37384207

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:8-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL


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