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Brownspotted Wrasse

( Notolabrus parilus )

Male (terminal phase) featured above, female (initial phase) featured below.


Other names

Brown-spotted Wrasse, Brown Spotted Wrasse, Brown-spotted Parrotfish, Orangespotted Wrasse, Orange-spotted Wrasse, Blue-spotted Parrotfish

How to Catch
Fast Facts
  • Is a member of the family Labridae (wrasses)
  • Can grow to 49cm in length
  • Endemic to Australia’s southern temperate waters from WA to VIC
  • More common in WA
  • Protogynous Sequential hermaphrodites. Like many of the wrasses, they begin life as female and change to male as they age
  • Frequents coastal reef and weedy environments
  • Can be a nuisance when fishing around inshore reef systems
  • Occurs solitary or in small schools
  • Poor eating