Castelnau's Wrasse

Dotalabrus aurantiacus

Dotalabrus aurantiacus - Castelnau's Wrasse
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Size: 15 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Seagrass beds, macroalgae

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

Castelnau's Wrasse lives in seagrass or algae beds, where it usually pokes its head out cautiously, on the lookout for predators. Females are a greenish colour with dark vertical bars, and males are a dark brown with a white or green horizontal stripe and vertical bars. It is similar to juveniles of other wrasse species, but is recognisable for the starburst of dark dashes radiating from its eyes.