Anampses elegans Ogilby, 1889
Elegant wrasse
Anampses elegans
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  29 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 35 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Australia and New Zealand. Range extends eastward to Easter Island (Ref. 9710).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-10. Body color light brown with a faint blue spot, 1 per scale, above lateral line and 7 faint golden stripes following centers of scale rows below lateral line; a faint dark stripe from front of snout to eye with a fainter continuation behind eye; lower half of head pale silvery. Pectoral fin comparatively long (1.5-1.7 times in HL) (Ref. 9823).
Biology:  Adults are primarily found in lagoons (Ref. 9710). Also in coastal reef areas. Feed on a variety of invertebrates. Females in groups of up to 80 or more, males territorial (Ref. 9710). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 23 February 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 31.01.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.07.11
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.08.94

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