Bluehead Wrasse (species: Thalassoma amblycephalum) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Thalassoma amblycephalum
Bluehead Wrasse

©Lyle Vail: Female Thalassoma amblycephalum at North Point, Lizard Island. Groups of about 20 individuals made several spawning rushes towards the surface at about 12:30 pm on 1 April 2017.

©Anne Hoggett: Three female Thalassoma amblycephalum at North Point, Lizard Island (with an IP Anampses caeruleopunctatus)

©Andy Lewis: Initial phase Thalassoma amblycephalum at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Thalassoma
Species Thalassoma amblycephalum



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 16 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Groups of initial phase Bluehead Wrasse are a common sight near reef crests around Lizard Island.

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

  • 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.
  • Cheney, K.L., R. Bshary and A.S. Grutter (2008). Cleaner fish cause predators to reduce agression towards bystanders at cleaning stations, Behavioural Ecology, 19: 1063-1067. LIRS catalog number 1156.
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