Purple Wrasse

Notolabrus fucicola (Richardson 1840)

Adults are greyish to greenish with a purple hue, and have five yellowish blotches along the back extending onto the dorsal fin, and often a yellow band at the back of the head behind the gill cover.

Juveniles are reddish-brown, greenish-brown or greyish-green with greenish and orange mottling.

Unlike most wrasses, which usually change sex from female to male during their life, all Purple Wrasses start life as females, and some change sex to become males before they mature. So, both large males and females are present in the population, which is relatively rare in the family Labridae

How to identify Notolabrus fucicola?

What habitats does Notolabrus fucicola live in?

Rocky reefs out to a depth of 90m

What is the distribution of Notolabrus fucicola?

In Australia it is known from southern New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria to eastern South Australia

How big does Notolabrus fucicola grow?

can grow to around 45cm

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