Wrasses practice external fertilization in which the female's eggs are released into the water. Mating usually occurs at twilight (Flying Fish Express)
Large males defend reef territories and attract multiple females to these territories, usually by performing a beautiful mating dance. Females live within these territories and spawn with the male. Fertilized eggs form planktonic larvae that move freely with the ocean currents. If the territorial male leaves or dies, the most dominant female will take his role and become male within the next 24 hours. She assumes the territory and mates with the rest of the females.