IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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 This brightly coloured wrasse, is distinguished by five spiny fin rays on the anal fin. Colouring is mostly greenish brown, sometimes with blue or purple flecking on the dorsal and anal fins. Its sides are yellow to brown, with a cream underside. The lower part of the head is yellowish orange, with blue and pinkish stripes. A broad dark band is also present on the caudal fin. Also known as the 'small mouthed wrasse' Centrolabrus exoletus feeds on small invertebrates and also cleans parasites from other fish.Females lay their eggs in 'nests' of fine algae in rock crevices during summer months. Growth rate is faster in the males, with both male and females reaching a maximum length of 15cm.


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