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The name wrasse comes from the Welsh word gwrach, meaning old woman or hag. Perhaps people used to think that wrasses looked like an old hag with their fleshy lips. There are more than 500 species of wrasses. Most of them live on coral reefs. However, there are a number of species found in the North Sea. The ballan wrasse and the goldsinny are the most common species here. Another member, Baillon's wrasse (Crenilabrus bailloni), has been reported five times in the Netherlands. A corkwing wrasse (Symphodus melops) was caught in 2008 south of Terschelling.

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