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Species Notolabrus tetricus (Richardson, 1840)

Bluethroat Wrasse, Blue-throat Parrot Fish, Blue-throat Parrotfish, Blue-throat Wrasse, Blue-throated Parrotfish, Blue-throated Wrasse, Bluehead, Bluehead Parrotfish, Bluenose, Bluenose Parrotfish, Bluethroat Parrotfish, Bluethroated Parrotfish, Bluethroated Wrasse, Kelpie, Lilac Banded Parrotfish, Rocky Bream, Rocky Cod, Rocky Winter Bream, Rotfish, Winter Bream


Generic Combinations




New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Broken Bay, NSW (33°34'S, 151°18'E) to west of Ceduna, SA (32°23'S, 133°29'E) and coastal TAS; temperate.

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition (32), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38)

Ecological Descriptors

Inshore, rock reef.

Extra Ecological Information

1 - 40 m.


General References

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. [1402]

Edgar, G.J. 2008. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Sydney : Reed New Holland 2nd edn, 624 pp. [546]

Edgar, G.J., Last, P.R. & Wells, M.W. 1982. Coastal Fishes of Tasmania and Bass Strait. Hobart : Cat & Fiddle Press 175 pp. [106] (as Pseudolabrus tetricus)

Gomon, M.F. &. Russell, B.C. 1994. Family Labridae. pp. 675-699 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. [691]

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. [275]

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. [282]

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 398. [237]

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs. [411] (as Pseudolabrus tetricus)

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part II. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 145–329 [310] (as Pseudolabrus tetricus and as P. bleekeri and P. cuvieri)

Parenti, P. & Randall, J.E. 2000. An annotated checklist of the species of the labroid fish families Labridae and Scaridae. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J.L.B. Smith Institute, Grahamstown 68: 1-97 [31]

Russell, B.C. 1988. Revision of the labrid fish genus Pseudolabrus and allied genera. Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 9: 1-72 [17]

Russell, B.C. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Labridae. pp. 638-659 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [652]

Saville-Kent, W. 1888. Notes on the identity of certain Tasmanian fishes. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 1887: 47-48 [47]

Shepherd, S.A. & Clarkson, P.S. 2001. Diet, feeding behaviour, activity and predation of the temperate blue-throated wrasse, Notolabrus tetricus. Marine and Freshwater Research 52(3): 311-322

Smith, D.C., Montgomery, I., Sivakumaran, K.P., Krusic-Golub, K., Smith, K. & Hodge, R. 2003. The fisheries biology of bluethroat wrasse (Notolabrus tetricus) in Victorian waters. Final report to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Project 1997/128. Victorian Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, Queenscliff, Victoria.

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [51] (1666 as Pseudolabrus tetricus, also 1667 as P. cuvieri and 1668 as P. bleekeri)


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)
27-Jul-2017 LABROIDEI 22-Jun-2017 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED