Tripletail Maori Wrasse (Juvenile) (Cheilinus trilobatus)

Also known as Floral Wrasse, Maori Wrasse, Thicklip Wrasse, Tri-lobed Maori Wrasse, Tripletail Maori, Tripletail Wrasse

Description

Also known as Floral Wrasse, Maori Wrasse, Thicklip Wrasse, Tri-lobed Maori Wrasse, Tripletail Maori, Tripletail Wrasse.

Found singly over shallow reef margins of lagoons and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on crustaceans, small fish, benthic invertebrates and molluscs.
Juveniles secretive in the arms of stinging hydroids over reefs rich in algae growth.
Length - 45cm
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.in/summary/5603

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

Triple-tail Maori Wrasse

Triple-tail Maori Wrasse

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