- The Knife Wrasse is a common species found in the coastal waters of Australia, ranging from Western Australia to Queensland.
- They have a distinctive appearance, with a narrow, elongated body and a pointed snout. They are generally greyish-green in colour, with a series of vertical stripes along their sides.
- They typically feed on small crustaceans and other invertebrates, while adults will eat a variety of small fish and invertebrates.
- Within their habitat they prefer areas with strong currents.
- The species is known to breed during the summer months, with females laying large egg masses that are guarded by males.
- Estimated lifespan is up to 10 years.
Recreational Fishing, Snorkeling & Diving
Knife Wrasse are not specifically targeted for recreational fishing, but they are sometimes caught incidentally as bycatch. Observing Knife Wrasse in the wild for snorkelers and divers can be a rewarding experience, but they are a relatively elusive species that can be difficult to spot.
Species: Cymolutes Praetextatus
The conservation status of the Knife Wrasse in Australia is considered to be “Data Deficient” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that there is not enough information available to determine the species’ conservation status, and further research is needed to understand population trends and distribution.
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Worms
Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Keep bait close to the reef/structure
Popularity: Not targeted - Bycatch
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon, Seagrass Beds