Birdnose wrasse (species: Gomphosus varius) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Gomphosus varius
Birdnose wrasse

©Andy Lewis: Female Birdnose Wrasse at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: A male Gomphosus varius on the reef crest at North Direction Island.

©Andy Lewis: Male Birdnose Wrasse at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Gomphosus
Species Gomphosus varius



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 30 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Arnal, C. (2000). Ecologie comportementale de la symbiose poisson nettoyeur/ poisson client: motivations et honnĂȘtetĂ©, Ph.D. thesis, University of Perpignan, France. LIRS catalog number 637.
  • Bellwood, D.R. and P.C. Wainwright (2001). Locomotion in labrid fishes: implications for habitat use and cross-shelf biogeography on the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reefs, 20: 139-150. LIRS catalog number 787.
  • Chong-Seng, K.M., A.J. Cole, M.S. Pratchett and B.L. Willis (2011). Selective feeding by coral reef fishes on coral lesions associated with brown band and black band disease. Coral Reefs, 30: 473-484. LIRS catalog number 1395.
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