To new Pseudocoris wrasses, Pseudocoris heteroptera and Pseudocoris occidentalis are described in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. The wrasses are striking in coloration and have differing ranges in the Indo-Pacific.
Pseudocoris heteroptera. Photo by J.E. Randall
Pseudocoris heteroptera hails from the Pacific Ocean and can be found from the Line Islands to Indonesia, Taiwan and southern Japan to the Great Barrier Reef. Pseudocoris occidentalis hails from the western Indian Ocean.
The male of both species sport a dark bar anteriorly on the body that also has irregular black bars. Pseudocoris occidentalis has shorter bars of the two and also has a bright yellow anal fin. Coloration of Pseudocoris heteroptera ranges from blue-green to turquoise, to dark blue in the head to greenish yellow toward the rear.
Pseudocoris occidentalis is a dark blue to purple color on the head with vertical stripes starting on the mid section and ending near the tail. The body coloration between the stripes is yellowish as is the anal fin, which stars at the midsection and ends near the tail.