Floral Wrasse (Cheilinus chlorourus)

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

Description

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
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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5598

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 Floral Wrasse. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Floral Wrasse (juvenile)

Floral Wrasse (juvenile)

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