Dotalabrus alleni, Female, Geographe Bay. Photo: Paul Day
Dotalabrus alleni, Male, Rottnest Is, WA. Photo: Andrew Green
Dotalabrus alleni, Male. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Male are among the most colourful fishes on southwestern reefs; the mottled brown females appear similar to juevenile Castelnau’s wrasse and have few distinctive features. This species lives among brown algae on southwestern coastal reefs, where it can locally be one of the most abundant species.
Max Size: 9 cm
Depth: 1-15 m
Habitat: Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Common (48% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (3 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney