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Species Halichoeres claudia Randall & Rocha, 2009

Claudia's Wrasse, Ornamental Wrasse, Red-scribbled Wrasse


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Miscellaneous Literature Names



Prior to the description by Randall & Rocha (2009) this species was referred to as Halichoeres ornatissimus, a species now considered to be endemic to the Hawaiian and Johnston Islands (Randall & Rocha 2009, see also Kuiter 2010). All pre-2009 records of Halichoeres ornatissimus in Australia actually refer to Halichoeres claudia.




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Rowley Shoals, WA (17°32'S, 118°56'E), Cartier Island, Timor Sea (12°32'S, 123°35'E), Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean, and North Direction Island (14°45'S, 145°30'E) to Arlington Reef off Cairns (16°42'S, 146°03'E), QLD, also Coral Sea reefs including Coringa-Herald Cays and Lihou Reefs; tropical, western Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northeast Province (18), Timor Province (2), Cocos (Keeling) Island Province (22), Christmas Island Province (23), Northwest Transition (3), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory, Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coral reef, inshore.

Extra Ecological Information

6 - 30 m.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [190] (as Halichoeres ornatissimus)

Allen, G.R. 2009. Field Guide to Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-East Asia. Welshpool : Western Australian Museum Edn. 4, pp. 287. [190] (as Halichoeres ornatissimus)

Allen, G.R., N.J. Cross, C.J. Allen & M.F. Gomon 2006. Labridae: Labrinae. pp. 1368-1418 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1393] (as Halichoeres ornatissimus)

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. [174] (as H. ornatissimus)

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. [671]

Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21 [14] (as H. ornatissimus)

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Biodiversity of shallow reef fish assemblages in Western Australia using a rapid censusing technique. Records of the Western Australian Museum 20: 247-270 [268] (as Halichoeres ornatissimus)

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Checklist of the fishes of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 63: 9-50 [39] (as Halichoeres ornatissimus)

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 398. [289] (as Biochoeres claudia)

Parenti, P. & Randall, J.E. 2011. Checklist of the species of the families Labridae and Scaridae: an update. Smithiana, Publications in Aquatic Biodiversity, Bulletin 13: 29-44 [34]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [320] (as Halichoeres ornatissimus)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. [320] (as Halichoeres ornatissimus)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
LABROIDEI 21-Dec-2011 ADDED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)