The Crimsonband Wrasse is commonly seen by divers in the Sydney region. Females are usually seen in weedy areas. Males, with the white caudal peduncle and red fins, are immediately recognisable.
The Crimsonband Wrasse changes colour pattern with growth. Juveniles are a drab green to brown with white spots.
Females are red, green or grey with rows of white spots. Males have white cheeks, a red band across the body, red dorsal and anal fins and a white caudal peduncle and tail.
The species name gymnogenis comes from the Greeek gymnon meaning bare and genys meaning cheek. This refers to the nearly naked cheeks that have a single row of scales.
The species occurs at depths of 4 m to 40 m. It is a common species on rocky, kelp-covered reefs in the Sydney region.
It occurs from southern Queensland to eastern Victoria
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Feeding and diet
The Crimsonband Wrasse is a carnivore. It has an unusual upper jaw with two large teeth anterioroly and a single tooth curving forward at the rear of the jaw.
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