A pictorial review of the Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Pseudocoris, with description of a new species from the Coral Sea

John E. Randall and Fenton Walsh

aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, pp. 45-58, Volume 14, Issue 2 – 14 April 2008


Pseudocoris aequalis is described as a new species of labrid fish collected from 8-15 m depth at Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea. The description is based on six specimens, four as terminal males, 100-112 mm SL, and two as males in the initial phase, 82 and 89 mm SL. The new species is distinct in lacking an elevated anterior part of the dorsal in the terminal-male phase, and the color pattern of both adult phases. Color photographs are provided of the juveniles, initial-phase, and terminal males of the five other species of the genus, with notes on their distribution. Pseudocoris aurantiofasciata is recorded for the first time for Australia, based on a terminal male collected at Holmes Reef.

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