- The Scribbled Wrasse can be found along the eastern and western coastlines of Australia, commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.
- The Scribbled Wrasse, is a colourful fish with a blue or bluish-green body, yellow lines, and intricate black squiggles.
- Like other wrasses, Scribbled Wrasses possess a specialised set of teeth in their throats called pharyngeal teeth. These teeth help them crush hard-shelled prey items, such as small invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs.
- They are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day and rest or sleep at night. During the day, they can be seen foraging for food and interacting with other fish species.
- The coloration and pattern of Scribbled Wrasses serve as a form of protection and communication. The intricate scribbled lines on their bodies help to break up their shape and make them less visible to predators.
- Scribbled Wrasses have a complex social structure. They often form harems consisting of a dominant male and several females. The male defends his territory and mates with the females within his harem.
- Scribbled Wrasses breed by spawning, releasing eggs and sperm into the water column during the breeding season, which typically occurs from spring to early summer. After fertilisation, the eggs hatch into larvae that drift with ocean currents before settling into suitable habitats.
- They have an estimated lifespan between 5 – 7 years.
Recreational Fishing, Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving
Scribbled Wrasses are not specifically targeted for recreational fishing in Australia. While they are occasionally caught as bycatch, they are not a primary target. However they are a popular aquarium fish due to their striking colours and interesting swimming patterns. This also makes them a popular fish to spot on the reef for snorkelers and divers.
Species: Anampses Geographicus
The Scribbled Wrasse is not listed as a species of conservation concern in Australia. Its population is relatively stable, and it is not listed as endangered or threatened.
Fish Taste Quality
Scribbled Wrasse are a edible fish, however it is not widely consumed in Australia. It is often described as being similar to other reef fish species.
Taste Rating: 2/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Pilchards, Prawns, Shellfish, Squid, Worms
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure
Popularity: Not targeted - Bycatch
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 80 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon