Five-spotted Wrasse (Symphodus roissali)

Also known as Sand-Reef Wrasse


Also known as Sand-reef Wrasse.

Found singly or in pairs, close to rocks and eelgrass beds of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, hydroids, invertebrates and sea urchins.
Length - 17cm
Depth - 1-30m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Black Sea, Mediterranean

Most reef fish seen by divers during the day are grazers, that cruise around just above the surface of the coral or snoop into crevices looking for algae, worms and small crustaceans.
Wrasses have small protruding teeth and graze the bottom taking in a variety of snails, worms, crabs, shrimps and eggs. Any hard coats or thick shells are then ground down by their pharyngeal jaws and the delicacies inside digested.
From juvenile to adult wrasses dramatically alter their colour and body shapes.
Wrasses are always on the go during the day, but are the first to go to bed and the last to rise.
Small wrasses dive below the sand to sleep and larger wrasses wedge themselves in crevices. Ref:

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Five-spotted Wrasse. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Five-spotted Wrasse (Juvenile)

Five-spotted Wrasse (Juvenile)

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