Rust-banded Wrasse, Pseudocoris aurantiofasciata Fourmanoir 1971

A Rust-banded Wrasse, Pseudocoris aurantiofasciata, from Herald Reef in the Coral Sea, Australia. Source: Fenton Walsh / Cairns Marine. License: All rights reserved

Males of this large species of Pseudocoris are dark bluish- to greenish-grey with narrow black bars on the sides followed by a white bar, an elongate first dorsal-fin spine and filamentous lobes on the tail. Females are reddish to greenish-grey with a pale snout and chin.

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Rust-banded Wrasse, Pseudocoris aurantiofasciata Fourmanoir 1971

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Randall & Walsh (2008) noted the first Australian record of this species from Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea


Recorded in the Australian EEZ from Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, and reefs in the Coral Sea (Herald and Holmes). Elsewhere, the species is known from scattered localities in the East-Indo-west-central Pacific from Indonesia and Cocos-Keeling Islands to the Tuamotu Archipelago and the Line Islands.

Inhabits deep outer reef drop-offs where small groups feed on plankton well above the bottom, often off reef faces, usually in depths greater than 20 m.


Forms groups with a dominant male and several females.


Dianne J. Bray

Rust-banded Wrasse, Pseudocoris aurantiofasciata Fourmanoir 1971


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CAAB Code:37384206

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:20-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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