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Yellowhead Wrasse | by Ron's Aquarium Photos
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Yellowhead Wrasse

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae (Wrasses)

 

Genus species: Halichoeres garnoti

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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: All yellowed wrasses begin their lives as females. As they grow they change theirs and coloration. Adults are blue above the lateral line and have a yellow belly. Juveniles are yellow with a silvery blue stripe along the side. Super males (terminal males), have black vertical bar behind tip of pectoral fin, merging with broad black area on upper side,

 

Length up to 19 cm (7.5 in)

 

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: H. garnoti are native to the Western Atlantic; Bermuda and southern Florida to southeastern Brazil.

Commonly found on shallow and deep reefs and exposed ledges.

 

DIET IN THE WILD: Crustaceans, molluscs, worms, echinoderms

 

REMARKS: Curious; easily attracted by divers. Diurnal; swim constantly during the day and rest at night.

 

References

 

California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium Caribbean Reef 2018

 

fishbase www.fishbase.org/summary/3663

 

eol eol.org/pages/204545/details

 

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Taken on September 23, 2008