- The Southern Tubelip is a species of marine fish found primarily in Queensland and a few areas of Western Australia.
- They are primarily greenish-brown or yellowish in colour, with darker patches on their sides and a whitish belly.
- The Southern Tubelip has a unique mouth shape, with a protruding tube-like upper lip that it uses to scrape algae off rocks and feed on coral polyps.
- Young fish have been observed to remove external parasites and potentially mucus from other reef fish.
- The Southern Tubelip is known to form small schools or groups, especially during the breeding season.
- The breeding season for them occurs during the warmer months, from September to February. During the breeding season, males display a bright orange coloration and a swollen forehead.
- Estimated lifespan is between 5 – 7 years.
Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving
The Southern Tubelips can be a good aquarium fish but do require specific water and diet requirements, and are more suitable for experienced aquarists. They can be fascinating to observe while snorkeling or diving, especially in their natural habitat on rocky reefs and seagrass beds. They are active swimmers and can be seen darting in and out of crevices and rock formations, searching for food or interacting with other fish.
Species: Labropsis Australis
The Southern Tubelip is “Data Deficient” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that there is not enough data available to assess their conservation status and the population trends of the species.
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate to difficult
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Lagoon