Cuckoo Wrasse

These fish live in deeper water than ballan wrasse, usually from 10 metres downwards to 30 m below sea level.

They are commonly found amongst sea fans and branching sponges. The males and females are very different in colouring. The female is bright orange with black and white stripes above the tail. The males are bright blue with long patches of orange and yellow along the body. Wrasses are highly territorial fish with a single male courting several females. When the male dies the dominant female changes sex and becomes the next male! As the female changes sex she also changes colour and patterning to that of the male!

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