Body moderately long, slender. Juveniles and females are dark reddish-orange above with a pale line along the dorsal surface and yellowish to greenish brown below, with a broad white stripe along the sides. Males develop conspicuous blue lines or scribbles on the head, blue spots on the body scales, and an additional black mid-lateral stripe. To 47 cm.
Frequently taken on hook and line near exposed reefs in South Australia and Western Australia. Southern Maori Wrasse change sex from female to male during their life cycle and are sexually dimorphic in colour.
Exposed rocky reefs, in depths of 1-30 m.
Southern Australia, not common in Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed