Nebulous Wrasse (species: Halichoeres nebulosus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Halichoeres nebulosus
Nebulous Wrasse

©Anne Hoggett: Halichoeres nebulosus near reef crest at South Island, Lizard Island Group.

©Anne Hoggett: Halichoeres nebulosus at Crystal Beach, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: A small individual about 6 cm long of Halichoeres nebulosus exposed at low tide on the reef flat at Eyrie Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Halichoeres
Species Halichoeres nebulosus



Distinguishing features

Shades of green with a distinctive purplish patch on belly, pink facial markings, tail with wavy bands. Ocellated black spot on dorsal fin. Usually found in loose groups.


  • Up to 12 cm (Length)

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

  • 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.
  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
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