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Males distinctive with bright green and maroon to purple colouration and dark blotch in the middle of the side. Juveniles and females are highly variable in colouration and markings, ranging from dusky greens to a pinkish or maroon base colour, sometimes with faint bars or blotches present. The common features that distinguish them are the fine iridescent blue flecks radiating from around the eye and in rows along the body and fins, as well as a black spot on the rear part of the dorsal fin which is lost with age.... source: Reef Life Survey

The Senator Wrasse changes colour and pattern with growth. Terminal phase males are usually green with a red to purple 'forked' stripe on the side of the body. Initial phase fish are usually reddish to brown with a row of diffuse black spots along the back and faint bars on the lower sides. Juveniles are light red-brown to greenish with pale spots.... source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness - Sightings
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Australian Museum Factsheets
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Australian Museum provider for OZCAM
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Australian National Fish Collection Images
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Encyclopedia of Life
Marine Life Society of South Australia
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Port Phillip Marine Life
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Reef Life Survey
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Seafood Services Australia
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Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Body slender, compressed, dorsal fin low, scales large, canine teeth at front of jaws; greenish, brownish or reddish.
Description : Body slender, compressed with long based, low dorsal and anal fins, large scales, a small mouth with fleshy lips and a pair large canine teeth at the front of each jaw. Colour variable, males greenish to yellowish with maroon or purplish stripes along the sides; females and juveniles reddish to greenish-brown with a row of black spots on upper sides, 4-5 dusky bars on lower sides and a black spot on the dorsal fin. Usually 15 cm long head to tail tip (up to 25 cm).
Biology : A common wrasse in weedy areas on coastal reefs and in rocky estuaries along the south coast. Like many other wrasses, this species is capable of changing sex from female to male. The green and red to violet colour patterns of males makes them easy to distinguish from the more numerous juveniles and females.
Habitat: Rocky reefs and algal regions in coastal waters and bays.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Carnivore
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Deep (>30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: True
Author credit: Dianne J. Bray, Dr Martin F. Gomon / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Pictilabrus laticlavius


Synonyms Source
Labrus laticlavius Richardson, 1839 Richardson, 1839 Richardson, 1839
Published in: Richardson, J. 1839. Account of a collection of fishes from Port Arthur, Van Diemen's Land. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. Vol. 7 pp. 95-100
Hemigymnus bleasdalei Castelnau, 1875 Castelnau, 1875 Castelnau, 1875
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1875. Researches on the fishes of Australia. Intercolonial Exhibition Essays. 2. pp. 1–52 in, Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876 : Official Record. Melbourne
Labrichthys labiosa Macleay, 1881 Macleay, 1881 Macleay, 1881
Published in: Macleay, W.J. 1881. Descriptive catalogue of the fishes of Australia. Part 3. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. Ser. 1 Vol. 6 (1) pp. 1-138 pls 1-2
Eupetrichthys gloveri Scott, 1974 Scott, 1974 Scott, 1974
Published in: Scott, T.D. in Scott, T.D., Glover, C.J.M. & Southcott, R.V. 1974. The Marine and Freshwater Fishes of South Australia Adelaide : Government Printer pp. 392 pp. figs

Common Names

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Senator Wrasse
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Purple-banded Wrasse
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Senator Fish
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Green Parrotfish
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Patrician Wrasse
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Working classification

Pictilabrus laticlavius  Recorded in Australia

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