Thalassoma trilobatum,

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 239

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Thalassoma trilobatum


Thalassoma trilobatum  (Lacepède [ex Commerson] 1801)—Ladder wrasse

Status at New Ireland. First recorded from New Hanover as Julis trilobata  by Peters (1877: 843); subsequently reported as Julis fusca  by Günther (1909: 293).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1.—General distribution: Transkei ( South Africa), East Africa and western Mascarenes east to Wake Atoll and Pitcairn Group, north to Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands, south to Kermadec Islands and Tonga. Found in shallow exposed reef flats, usually with rock-base and mixed coral and algae, also in surge-swept reef flats, coral reef margins, and clear rocky shorelines, 0–10 m depth. Marine.