Pseudojuloides cerasinus

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Pseudojuloides cerasinus
Pseudojuloides cerasinus, male, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Pseudojuloides cerasinus
Pseudojuloides cerasinus, female, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Pseudojuloides cerasinus
Pseudojuloides cerasinus, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Tom Davis
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Pseudojuloides cerasinus
Pseudojuloides cerasinus
Pseudojuloides cerasinus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Blue-edged wide black bar on tail of male. Female pale to dark pink with no distinctive markings, and similar to P. elongatus (Long Green Wrasse). Best confirmed by yellow eye and presence of males.


Max Size: 12 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.5-29.4°C

Depth: 2-61m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

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: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.0% 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 (2 per transect)

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

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland