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Carpet Wrasse

( Novaculichthys taeniourus )

Juvenile featured here.


Other names

Rockmover Wrasse, Bar-cheeked Wrasse, Olive-scribbled Wrasse, Reindeer Wrasse

How to Catch
Fast Facts
  • Is a member of the family Labridae (wrasses)
  • Can grow to 30cm in length
  • Juveniles imitate floating seaweed
  • Found in Australia’s tropical waters from WA to NSW
  • Known for their behaviour of moving rubble around with their mouths in search of food
  • Frequents coral reef environments
  • Occurs solitary or in pairs
  • Territorial