Tailspot Wrasse (species: Halichoeres melanurus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Halichoeres melanurus
Tailspot Wrasse

©Anne Hoggett: Male Halichoeres melanurus at Lizard Island. Note black tail tip.

©Simon Gingins: Initial phase Halichoeres melanurus, Lizard Island area.

©Anne Hoggett: Initial phase Halichoeres melanurus at North Direction Island near Lizard Island. Note ocellated black spot on dorsal fin and on tail base, and small black spot on front dorsal fin.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Halichoeres
Species Halichoeres melanurus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 12 cm (Length of males (Allen et al, 2003))
  • Up to 11 cm (Length of initial phase individuals (Allen et al, 2003).)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Binning, S.A. (2014). The effects of biotic and abiotic factors on fish swimming performance. PhD thesis, Australian National University. LIRS catalog number 1769.
  • Binning, S.A. and D.G. Roche (2015). Water flow and fin shape polymorphism in coral reef fishes, Ecology, 96(3): 828-839. LIRS catalog number 2050.
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