Body moderately deep, snout rounded. Juveniles and females are greenish or brown, paler below, gradually developing a broad dark band on the sides and behind the pectoral fin; scales large with pale centres; as females mature they develop a distinct white band behind the dark band on their sides. Males brown to bluish grey with a bluish head, a blue throat and yellow pectoral and pelvic fins. To 50 cm.
This is the most common wrasse species in Victorian and Tasmanian waters. It is frequently caught on hook and line, and is also taken in trawls and with commercial gillnets. Bluethroat Wrasse change sex from female to male during their life cycle and are sexually dimorphic in colour.
Adults usually on deep exposed rocky reefs, juveniles in shallower weedy areas, in depths of 1-160 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern