Achoerodus viridis Steindachner 1866
eastern blue groper

family Labridae - wrasses

The female Eastern Blue Groper is brown, tinged with blue (right). Achoerodus viridis, is a member of the wrasse family. Members of this family typically start life as females. The male Eastern Blue Groper (left), is a brilliant blue. A section of reef is the territory of one male and several females. In the absence of a male the largest female will transform.Blue Gropers are very friendly towards divers (top)and will follow them around or come up for a close inspection. For this reason they are protected from spear fishing in NSW. The Blue Groper is the fish emblem of NSW.

Distribution =   Victoria to southern Qld.
Max size =   1.2m, typically 60cms