IUCN threat status:

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Thalassoma pavo

The ornate wrasse, Thalassoma pavo, is a species of wrasse native to the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Portugal to Gabon and the oceanic islands and into the Mediterranean Sea. This species inhabits areas of rocks and eelgrass in coastal waters at depths from 1 to 150 m (3.3 to 490 ft), though rarely below 50 m (160 ft). It can reach 25 cm (9.8 in) in length, though most do not exceed 20 cm (7.9 in). This species is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries, is also popular as a game fish, and can be found in the aquarium trade.[2]


Several described species and name combinations have been determined to be synonyms of T. pavo:

  • Labrus pavo Linnaeus, 1758
  • Chlorichthys pavo (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Julis pavo (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Labrus syriacus Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801
  • Labrus leo Rafinesque, 1810
  • Julis squamimarginatus S. Bowdich, 1825
  • Julis turcica A. Risso, 1827
  • Julis blochii Valenciennes, 1839
  • Julis unimaculata R. T. Lowe, 1841
  • Thalassoma unimaculatum (R. T. Lowe, 1841)
  • Julis unimaculata lineolata R. T. Lowe, 1841
  • Julis unimaculata taeniata R. T. Lowe, 1841
  • Thalassoma pavo taeniata (R. T. Lowe, 1841)
  • Julis turcica torquata R. T. Lowe, 1843
  • Thalassoma pavo torquata (R. T. Lowe, 1843)
  • Julis turcica lemniscata R. T. Lowe, 1843
  • Thalassoma pavo lemniscata (R. T. Lowe, 1843)
  • Julis vulgaris Valenciennes, 1843


  1. ^ Pollard, D. & Afonso, P. 2010. Thalassoma pavo. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Thalassoma pavo" in FishBase. October 2013 version.


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