Lined wrasses are orange-brown in colour with pale longitudinal blue-green lines. Their heads have irregular light blue-green lines.
They have opercular flaps with black spots and caudal fins with broad black bars on the posterior part of the fin. Females are distinguished by the white versus yellow band on the base of the tail and males by the lined versus spotted pattern on the body.
Lined wrasses inhabit coastal slopes and drop-off areas in small groups and can be found at depths between 20-45m.
- Also known as a deep-sea wrasse, leaf wrasse, lined tamarin, white-dashed wrasse and white dashes.
- Their diet consists of zooplankton and benthic invertebrate or fanworms and crustaceans.
- Juveniles are solitary and adults form small groups, each with several females and a dominant male.
- Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding.
- Grows up to 13cm.
- Are able to jump out of uncovered water.