Stethojulis albovittata (Bonnaterre, 1788)
Stethojulis albovittata (Bonnaterre, 1788)

Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Stethojulis albovittata

English Name: Bluelined wrasse

Creole Name:

French Name: Girelle paon

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 11.

Small, moderately elongate bodied wrasse. No canine teeth, except one posteriorly on upper jaw. Teeth close set incisiform, in a single series. Caudal fin slightly rounded.

Initial Phase. Greenish to grey brown and whitish below, the 2 areas usually separated by a poorly defined reddish stripe. Flecked with pale dots dorsolaterally. 2 small blackish spots edged in pale blue midlaterally at base of caudal fin. A bright orange-red spot above pectoral base. A common colour phase exhibits 2 pale stripe on upper dark part of body.

Terminal Phase. 3 longitudinal blue lines on body: upper line along base of dorsal fin (extending to upper eye), along midlateral from Caudal fin to corner of mouth and lower caudal peduncle to pectoral axil.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 14cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits reef flats and clear lagoon and seaward reefs (depth 0-21m). Feeds on small invertebrates, especially crustaceans and molluscs. Found singly or in small groups consisting of one male and a few females. Oviparous, distinct pairing.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is too small to be subject to the gear of the artisanal fishery.


Cabanban, A. & Rocha, L. 2010. Stethojulis albovittata. The IUCN Red List 2010: e.T187632A8585850. (19/05/20).

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Eds. 2018. FishBase. (18/05/20).

Randall, J.E., 1986. Labridae. p. 683-706. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.


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