Silverstreak Wrasse (species: Stethojulis strigiventer) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Stethojulis strigiventer
Silverstreak Wrasse

©Andy Lewis: Male Silverstreak Wrasse at Lizard Island

©Andy Lewis: Female or initial phase Silverstreak Wrasse.

©Paul Asman: A juvenile Stethojulis strigiventer at Clam Garden, Lizard Island. The white stripe from above eye to upper tail base is lost as juveniles develop to initial phase.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Stethojulis
Species Stethojulis strigiventer



Distinguishing features

Terminal phase individuals have a small black spot on upper rear gill cover and another above the blue midline on the tail peduncle.


  • Up to 15 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Streit, R.P. and D.R. Bellwood (2017). High prevalence of homing behaviour among juvenile coral-reef fishes and the role of body size, Coral Reefs, 36(4): 1083-1095. LIRS catalog number 2091.

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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