Threespot Wrasse (Halichoeres trimaculatus)

Also known as Rainbowfish, Sand-reef Wrasse, Spot-tail Rainbowfish, Spot-tail Wrasse, Spotted-tail Rainbowfish, Threespot Rainbowfish

Description

Also known as Rainbowfish, Sand-reef Wrasse, Spot-tail Rainbowfish, Spot-tail Wrasse, Spotted-tail Rainbowfish, Threespot Rainbowfish.

Found singly or in small schools, over rubble and sandy areas of reef flats, lagoons and semi-protected fringing reefs. Often in the company of emperors and goatfish feeding on creatures that these fish have disturbed in the sand.
They feed on crustaceans, small fish, fish eggs and benthic invertebrates.
Juveniles found in shallow protected coastal waters.
Length - 27cm
Depth - 0-30m
Widespread Indo-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/5634

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

Threespot Wrasse (Juvenile)

Threespot Wrasse (Juvenile)

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