Diamond Wrasse (species: Anampses caeruleopunctatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Anampses caeruleopunctatus
Diamond Wrasse

©Simon Gingins: Initial phase Anampses caeruleopunctatus, Lizard Island area.

©Anne Hoggett: A juvenile to initial phase Anampses caeruleopunctatus at Lizard Island.

©Victor Huertas: Terminal phase Anampses caeruleopunctatus between Bird and South Islands, Lizard Island Group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Anampses
Species Anampses caeruleopunctatus



Distinguishing features

Terminal phase individuals are dark green/brown/blue with a broad yellowish bar on body, blue lips and a thin blue line joining the eyes. Initial phase individuals are dark green/brown with rows of small blue spots on body and blue bands on head.


  • Up to 42 cm (Length according to 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

  • Fulton, C.J., D.R. Bellwood and P.C. Wainwright (2001). The relationship between swimming ability and habitat use in wrasses, Marine Biology, 139: 25-33. LIRS catalog number 657.