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The neat freak King Wrasse

Noongar word - Djiljit (fish)

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King Wrasse are the most commonly seen fish around Rottnest. They are found in water down to at least 45m. Juveniles and small adult females sometimes act as cleaner fishes. They set up stations and remove skin parasites from other fish species. Juveniles hide in the reefs and adults form groups on the edge of the reef close to sand and seagrass.

Threats include; habitat destruction, over-fishing and pollution.

Where you can find a King Wrasse

Conservation Status

The waters around Rottnest Island are a designated Marine Reserve. Also, some parts of Rottnest’ coral reefs are included the Marine Sanctuary Zones shown in the Rottnest Island Marine Management Strategy (2007).

The WA daily bag limit for catching King Wrasse is 8.

  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest’s beaches and reefs healthy

  • Do adhere to fishing limits
  • Do anchor only in sandy areas of water
  • Do take litter with you or use bins provided

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