Redspot Wrasse (species: Stethojulis bandanensis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Stethojulis bandanensis
Redspot Wrasse

©Robert Streit: Terminal and initial phase individuals of Stethojulis bandanensis at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: initial phase Stethojulis bandanensis in the Lizard Island lagoon.

©Victor Huertas: Initial phase Stethojulis bandanensis at North Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Stethojulis
Species Stethojulis bandanensis



Distinguishing features

A bright red/orange patch curves around the upper base of pectoral fin in terminal phase individuals; the red patch is much smaller in the less brightly-coloured initial phase individuals.


  • Up to 16 cm (Length of both initial and terminal phase individuals)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
  • Caley, M.J. and J. St John (1996). Refuge availability structures assemblages of tropical reef fishes, Journal of Animal Ecology, 65: 414-428. LIRS catalog number 458.
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