Rosy Wrasse

Pseudolabrus Rubicundus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Pseudolabrus Rubicundus
Other names Rosy Parrotfish, Pink Maomao, Western Pink Maomao, Rubyfish
Size Up to 25 cm (9.84 in)
Weight Up to .45 kg (1 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters amongst deeper rocky areas & reefs
Depth Range 1 - 30 m (100 ft)
Rosy Wrasse Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Rosy Wrasse is a species of marine fish found in both the temperate and subtropical waters of southern Australia, from Shark Bay in Western Australia to Sydney in New South Wales.
  • Males of the species are typically larger and more brightly coloured than females, with a deep reddish-pink body and a yellow tail. Females are generally more muted in colour, with a pinkish-brown body and a white belly.
  • Rosy Wrasse feed mainly on small crustaceans, such as shrimps, crabs, and amphipods, but will also eat small fish and molluscs.
  • They are considered to be a protogynous hermaphrodite, meaning that they are born as females but can later change sex to become males.
  • They are a highly territorial fish, and will defend its territory against other fish.
  • Breeding season, occurs in the summer months, where male fish perform courtship displays to attract females. After mating, the female lays her eggs in a nest built by the male, who then guards the eggs until they hatch.
  • The estimated lifespan is between 5 – 8 years in the wild.
Species Interaction

Recreational Fishing, Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving

Rosy Wrasse are a popular aquarium fish due to their vibrant coloration and active behaviour. They are a hardy and adaptable to aquarium conditions. Because of their bright colours, they are a popular fish for recreational snorkelers and divers to view. They are also a popular recreational fish to target as they put up a strong fight for their size and are good eating.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Genus: Pseudolabrus

Species: Pseudolabrus Rubicundus

Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Rosy Wrasse is currently listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that, based on current knowledge, the species is not at significant risk of extinction and has a relatively stable population in its natural habitat.

Fish Taste Quality

Rosy wrasse are considered to be good eating. Their flesh is firm and white, with a mild flavour that is similar to other species of larger wrasse.

Taste Rating: 3/5

How to catch
Rosy Wrasse

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Fresh cut flesh baits, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Worms, Soft plastics

Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Keep bait close to the reef/structure

Popularity: Targeted

Rosy Wrasse
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Easy to moderate

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Minimum Tank Size: 80 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon

Danger: None