Shoulderspot Wrasse

Leptojulis Cyanopleura
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Leptojulis Cyanopleura
Other names Blue Sided Wrasse, Blue-spot V-wrasse, Bluespot Wrasse, Weedy Wrasse
Size Up to 13 cm (5.1 in)
Weight Up to 80 grams


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters amongst sandy, rubble & weedy areas often near reefs
Depth Range 3 - 30 m (100 ft)
Shoulderspot Wrasse Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Shoulderspot wrasse is a small marine fish found in the coastal waters of Australia. The species is endemic to Australia and is found along the northern coast from Western Australia to New South Wales.
  • Juvenile Shoulderspot Wrasse have a yellowish-orange body with brown stripes. As the fish matures, it develops a white or pale-coloured body with brown stripes. Male Shoulderspot Wrasse have blue spots on their shoulders, while females do not.
  • They feed on small invertebrates such as crustaceans, molluscs, and worms.
  • The fish is diurnal and active during the day, resting at night.
  • There is limited information Shoulderspot Wrasse breeding habits. They are believed to be protogynous hermaphrodites that lay eggs for males to fertilise externally.
  • Estimated lifespan is up to 5 years in the wild.
Species Interaction

Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving

The Shoulderspot wrasse is considered to be a good aquarium fish due to its hardiness, ease of care, and attractive appearance. They can also be a fascinating fish to observe for both snorkelers and divers. They are known to be curious and may approach snorkelers or divers, making for a memorable and engaging underwater experience.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Genus: Leptojulis

Species: Leptojulis Cyanopleura

Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Shoulderspot wrasse in Australia is not currently listed as threatened or endangered by any official conservation organisation.

Shoulderspot Wrasse
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon

Danger: None

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