Labropsis australis, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Labropsis australis, Juvenile, Porpoise Cay, Coral Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Labropsis australis, Great Barrier Reef, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Adults with dark head, white protruding lips, yellow or orange side with dark scale edges, orange patch at base of pectoral fin, rounded tail. Juveniles with black and white stripes along body, and a black tail with white trim. Adults suck in coral polyps with tubelips, juveniles clean other fishes of parasites.
Max Size: 11 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 19.9-30.1°C
Depth: 2-55 m
Habitat: Coral Reef
Threats: Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Frequent (15% 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.