Body moderately deep. Juveniles and females a drab greenish-brown with 4-5 indistinct greyish bands on sides and irregular markings radiating from eyes. Males peppered with pale yellowish spots over an orange-brown, reddish-brown or brown background, with an interrupted white stripe along the lateral line and a pale belly. To 49 cm.
This species is common in Western Australia, but rarely seen in Victorian waters. Brown-spotted Wrasse change sex from female to male during their life cycle and are sexually dimorphic in colour.
Exposed rocky reefs with abundant kelp and other macro-algae, in depths of 2-20 m.
Southern Australia. Rare in western and central Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern