Fivestripe Wrasse (Thalassoma quinquevittatum)

Also known as Fivestripe Rainbowfish, Fivestripe Surge Rainbowfish, Fivestripe Surge Wrasse, Five-striped Rainbowfish, Five-striped Surge Rainbowfish, Five-striped Surge Wrasse, Five-striped Wrasse, Lunate-tailed Wrasse, Pinkface Rainbowfish, Pinkface Wrasse, Rainbow Wrasse, Redribbon Wrasse, Red-banded Wrasse

Description

Also known as Fivestripe Rainbowfish, Fivestripe Surge Rainbowfish, Fivestripe Surge Wrasse, Five-striped Rainbowfish, Five-striped Surge Rainbowfish, Five-striped Surge Wrasse, Five-striped Wrasse, Lunate-tailed Wrasse, Pinkface Rainbowfish, Pinkface Wrasse, Rainbow Wrasse, Redribbon Wrasse, Red-banded Wrasse.

Found in loose schools over exposed surge channels and gutters around large Acropora plates over clear outer lagoon and seaward reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on benthic crustaceans, small fish, molluscs and sea urchins.
Juveniles secretive and found in shallow gutters.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 0-35m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

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 crevasses.
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