Nebulous Wrasse (Juvenile) (Halichoeres nebulosus)

Also known as Circle-cheek Rainbowfish, Circle-cheek Wrasse, Cloud Rainbowfish, Cloud Wrasse, Clouded Rainbowfish, Clouded Wrasse, Nebulous Rainbowfish, Picture Rainbowfish, Picture Wrasse, Pinkbelly Rainbowfish, Pinkbelly Wrasse, Rainbowfish, Sand-reef Wrasse

Description

Also known as Circle-cheek Rainbowfish, Circle-cheek Wrasse, Cloud Rainbowfish, Cloud Wrasse, Clouded Rainbowfish, Clouded Wrasse, Nebulous Rainbowfish, Picture Rainbowfish, Picture Wrasse, Pinkbelly Rainbowfish, Pinkbelly Wrasse, Rainbowfish, Sand-reef Wrasse.

Found singly or in small schools, over inshore, shallow weedy areas and rocky shores of reef flats and reef margins and lagoons.
They feed on benthic crustaceans, fish and benthic invertebrates.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 1-40m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/6663

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

Nebulous Wrasse

Nebulous Wrasse

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