Senator Wrasse

Pictilabrus Laticlavius
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Pictilabrus Laticlavius
Other names Green Parrotfish, Patrician Wrasse, Purple Banded Wrasse, Senator Fish
Size Up to 30 cm (11.8 in)
Weight Up to .75 kg (1.65 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters amongst rocky areas, reefs & kelp beds rich with algae growth
Depth Range 5 - 30 m (100 ft)
Senator Wrasse Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Senator Wrasse, is a species of marine fish that can be found in coastal waters of southern Australia, including areas of Tasmania.
  • These fish are known for their colourful appearance, which includes a bright blue-green head, a red-orange body, and a series of bold vertical stripes.
  • They feed on small invertebrates, such as crustaceans, molluscs, and worms, as well as small fish and other marine organisms. They have strong jaws and teeth to crush shells and break down tough exoskeletons. They may use their long snouts to probe for hidden prey in crevices.
  • These fish are known to be territorial, and will defend their preferred habitat from other fish.
  • Breeding season for the species can vary depending on location, but it typically occurs during the summer months in southern Australia.
  • When spawning, females release their eggs into the water column and males release sperm to fertilise them. The fertilised eggs then develop into planktonic larvae which drift in ocean currents before settling onto suitable substrate in their benthic habitat.
  • There is limited information on their lifespan, but similar related species of wrasse have been known to live up to 15 years.
Species Interaction

Snorkeling & Diving

Senator Wrasse can be an interesting species to observe due to their colourful appearance and unique behaviour. However, they are known to be territorial and may become aggressive if they feel threatened or cornered. It is important for snorkelers and divers to give these fish plenty of space and avoid disturbing their habitat.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Genus: Pictilabrus

Species: Pictilabrus Laticlavius

Conservation Status

The conservation status of Senator Wrasse in Australia is currently classified as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that the species is not considered to be facing any significant threats to its survival and is generally considered to be stable in its native range.

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Intermediate

Temperament: Aggressive

Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon

Danger: None

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