Carpet Wrasse (species: Novaculichthys taeniourus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Novaculichthys taeniourus
Carpet Wrasse

©Anne Hoggett: One of a two Novaculichthys taeniourus on the reef flat at Yonge Reef near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Novaculichthys taeniourus on the reef crest at North Direction Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A juvenile Novaculichthys taeniourus about 7 cm long at Lizard Island (30 Jan 2016)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Novaculichthys
Species Novaculichthys taeniourus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 27 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.

Other references

  • Elliott, J.P. and D.R. Bellwood (2003). Alimentary tract morphology and diet in three coral reef fish families, Journal of Fish Biology, 63: 1598-1609. LIRS catalog number 876.
  • Ferry-Graham, L.A., P.C. Wainwright, M.W. Westneat and D.R. Bellwood (2002). Mechanisms of benthic prey capture in wrasses (Labridae), Marine Biology, 141: 819-830. LIRS catalog number 790.
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