Suezichthys russelliis commonly referred to as Russell's wrasse. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
What do the Voeltzkow chameleon (Furcifer voeltzkowi) and the wrasse Suezichthys russelli probably have in common?
Suezichthys russelli was considered an extinct species for 100 years and was accidentally rediscovered on Madagascar at the end of 2020, true to the motto "those who are believed to be dead live longer", there has not been a single discovery report of the wrasse Suezichthys russelli since its discovery in 1981, so perhaps another 60 years remain until the small wrasse is "seen again?".
Russell's wrasse was named in honor of Dr. Barry C. Russel, Curator Emeritus of the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Dr. Russel first described the very rare wrasse Suezichthys soelae in 1985.
Suezichthys russelli has a lavender band on the head that extends from the corner of the operculum down to the preoperculum.
The iris of the eye is yellow and outlined in blue.
The wrasse has five dorsal scales; two cheek scale rows behind the eye, and three below the eye, the scales are large.
The bases of the dorsal and anal fins have a low scale mantle.
Information on the habitat or biology of the wrasse is unfortunately not available; according to WoRMS, the first description of Suezichthys russelli is not documented.