Also known as Dotted Wrasse, Floral Maori Wrasse, Maori Wrasse, Rainbowfish, Red-spotted Maori Wrasse, Thicklip Wrasse, Tripletail Wrasse, White-dotted Maori, White-dotted Wrasse, White-dotted Maori Wrasse, Yellow-dotted Maori Wrasse, Yellow-dotted Wrasse, Yellow-spotted Maori Wrasse.
Found singly or in pairs, over mixed coral, rubble, sand and seagrass beds of lagoons and coastal reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, benthic invertebrates and molluscs.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 1-30m
Most reef fish seen by divers during the day, are grazers, they cruise around, just above the surface of the coral, or snoop into crevices, foraging for food.
Wrasses have small protruding teeth, which they use to graze the bottom, taking in a variety of algae, crustaceans, such as crabs, eggs, shrimps, snails and worms. 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. (edit) Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5598