Leptojulis cyanopleura

Blue-spot wrasse | Blue-sided Wrasse | Shoulderspot Wrasse
Leptojulis cyanopleura
Leptojulis cyanopleura, adult, Photo: Tom Davis
Leptojulis cyanopleura
Leptojulis cyanopleura, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Tom Davis
Leptojulis cyanopleura
Leptojulis cyanopleura, Torres Strait, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Leptojulis cyanopleura
Leptojulis cyanopleura
Leptojulis cyanopleura


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale elongate body with a tan to black stripe along mid body from snout to tail, and a second, less distinct, thinner stripe along back. Adults with a dark blotch above and behind pectoral fin of variable colour, from gold to iridescent blue.


Max Size: 13 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-31.3°C

Depth: 4-75m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.36

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (3.8% 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: Many (65 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields