Photo of Animalia: Dusky Wrasse (species: Halichoeres marginatus) (Lizard Island Field Guide)

This poor photo appears to be of a large (12-15 cm) juvenile Halichoeres marginatus near North Point, Lizard Island.

Thanks to Renato Morais for the identification. He saw many of these on exposed reef crests in late 2018, always with an adult of that species close by. Allen and Erdmann (2012) note that juveniles have a large, pale-edged dark spot in the middle of the dorsal fin.

© Anne Hoggett