Blacktail wrasse

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Blacktail wrasse
Thalassoma ballieui by NPS.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Labridae
Genus: Thalassoma
Species: T. ballieui
Binomial name
Thalassoma ballieui
(Vaillant & Sauvage, 1875)
  • Julis ballieui Vaillant & Sauvage, 1875
  • Julis obscura Günther, 1880
  • Julis verticalis R. Smith & Swain, 1882

The blacktail wrasse (Thalassoma ballieui) is a species of wrasse native to the waters around the Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Island. It is a reef dweller found at depths from 1 to 60 m (3.3 to 196.9 ft). It can reach 39.5 cm (15.6 in) in length. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2]


  1. ^ Pollard, D. & Cabanban, A. 2010. Thalassoma ballieui. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. < Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.>. Downloaded on 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Thalassoma ballieui" in FishBase. October 2013 version.