Tripletail wrasse from exmouth

Tripletail wrasse from exmouth

Caught this fish inside the reef last year at exmouth on soft plastic. One of the most colourful fish I have ever seen.

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Crazy shape and colours!

Fri, 2012-08-03 07:35

Looks like a range of different reef fish moulded into one.


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That's a specky looking fish

Fri, 2012-08-03 07:53

Never seen that one in pictures before. I agree with southcity. It has a Latjana type body, parrotfish colours and God knows what gave it the fins. Probably a relic from the Montes. Nuke mutation.


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Fri, 2012-08-03 08:01

Amazing colours but.

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big tank needed!

Fri, 2012-08-03 08:06

Can imagine some of the nerdy aquarium boys , would love to have that in the lounge room.

10 foot tropical tank with that baby plus some baby reds and trout in it,

exmouth at home!


As a side note I have read a couple of times that in a bid to improve water quality in mundaring wier

back 50 years or so ago , some giant gourami ( a type of tropical/temperate fish) were released

there by the water authority of the time.

I always thought what if they grew huge and mutated, and imagined they probally

look like your wrasse only duller colours.




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Giant gourami (kalui) is

Thu, 2012-08-09 09:00

Giant gourami (kalui) is native to SE Asia & South America (I think) and only survives in freshwater.

I reckon it resembles the Cichlids more, looks like a rainbow tilapia if you ask me. Tilapia are known to adapt to estuarine and even saltwater environment so this could be a x-bred mutated one?!!

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Wonder if Glenn Moore can tell us more about this

Thu, 2012-08-09 16:19



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Thu, 2012-08-09 16:24

Its in my book, Marine fishes of tropical Aust and South East Asia by Gerry Allen  Tripletail maori wrasse

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Thu, 2012-08-09 22:38

Tripletail Maori Wrasse - Cheilinus trilobatus


Tripletail Maori Wrasse are green to olive with irregular orange/pinkish or red lines and small orange pink dots on their head and chest. There are pinkish-red wiggly lines radiating away from the eye and each body scale has a vertical orange/pink line, forming vertical lines.  In mature fish, the upper and lower rays of the tail lengthen and the centre of the tail forms into a distinct lobe, giving the appearance of three tails.  There is a white band on the caudal peduncle and another on the base of the caudal fin.  The pectoral fins are yellow.

Tripletail Maori Wrasse grow to 45cms in length. 

They are considered reasonable eating. 

In Australia, Tripletail Maori Wrasse are found from north west Western Australia, north around the tropical coast to the Great Barrier Reef Queensland.