Ringtail Maori Wrasse (Oxycheilinus unifasciatus)

Also known as Maori Wrasse, Oneband Wrasse, One-banded Wrasse, Ringtail Wrasse, Rose-colored Wrasse, Tailband Wrasse, Tailband Maori Wrasse, Thicklip Wrasse, Whiteband Maori Wrasse

Description

Also known as Maori Wrasse, Oneband Wrasse, One-banded Wrasse, Ringtail Wrasse, Rose-colored Wrasse, Tailband Wrasse, Tailband Maori Wrasse, Thicklip Wrasse, Whiteband Maori Wrasse.

Found singly hovering well above the bottom over clear lagoons and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Juveniles secretive in soft corals and hydrozoans.
These fish are highly variable in colour.
Length - 46cm
Depth - 1-160m
Widespread Eastern Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean

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: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Oxycheilinus-unifasciatus.html

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