Small wrasses with three colour phases. Juveniles and females greenish to pale red with five irregular vertical bars on sides and a spot at the rear of the dorsal and anal fins. Males variable in colour, reddish to yellowish brown, orange or greenish, with four broken dark bars on sides, dark margins to the dorsal, anal and caudal fins and dark lines radiating from eye. To 15 cm.
These wrasses have three colour phases during their life cycle. They swim in short bursts, head up with a bobbing motion.
Seagrass beds and in macroalgae on rocky reefs, in depths of 1-50 m.
Southern Australia, including western and central Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern