Pink Maori Wrasse

(Hologymnosus rhodonotus)

Hologymnosus rhodonotus, commonly known as the Pink Maori Wrasse or Pink Fairy Wrasse, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and information about Hologymnosus rhodonotus:

  1. Appearance: The Pink Maori Wrasse has a slender, elongated body typical of wrasses. It is characterized by a vibrant pink or reddish-pink coloration, which is more intense in males. Females and juveniles may have a more subdued coloration with yellowish or whitish tones. The males also have a distinct dark spot on their dorsal fin.
  2. Size: It can reach lengths of up to about 30 cm (12 inches).
  3. Distribution: This species is found in the Western Pacific Ocean, specifically in tropical and subtropical waters around Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef, as well as parts of Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.
  4. Habitat: Pink Maori Wrasse inhabits coral reefs and rocky areas with plenty of hiding spots and crevices. They are commonly found in shallow waters, typically between 3 to 20 meters (10 to 66 feet) deep.
  5. Behavior: Like other wrasses, Hologymnosus rhodonotus is a protogynous hermaphrodite, meaning it starts its life as a female and may later change sex to become a male. They are known to be active swimmers, foraging for small invertebrates and crustaceans among the reef substrate.