The Snakeskin Wrasse can be recognised by its shape and colour. It is often observed swimming slightly above the seabed, with its head pointing obliquely upwards.
The Snakeskin Wrasse can be recognised by its elongate body and colour pattern. It has broad bands on the side of the body and spots on the head.
The species is most commonly seen over sandy substrates near weedy or rocky areas from depths of only a few metres to around 40 m.
The Snakeskin Wrasse is endemic to Australia, occurring in temperate marine waters from northern New South Wales to south-western Western Australia.
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.
Other behaviours and adaptations
It is often observed swimming slightly above the seabed, with its head pointing obliquely upwards. It also commonly assumes a curled positon on the bottom with its tail pointing forward and its head raised off the bottom.
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- Gomon, M.F. & B.C. Russell in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
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- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.