- Male. Photo. (c) 2022 Chris Mason-Parker.
Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 10-11; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 9-10.
A small wrasse, with moderately elongate, slender body and paddle-like truncate to rounded caudal fin. Mouth terminal,
lips thick, the lower strongly bi-lobed.
Females dark grey to blackish with a black lateral stripe anteriorly, whitish to yellowish posteriorly, with
curved submarginal band in hind part of caudal fin.
Males deep blue head, body black anteriorly, becoming yellow posteriorly. Caudal fin with a subterminal black cresecent.
Juveniles largely black with narrow bright yellow stripe on back which continues dorsally onto head.
Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 15.0 cm TL.
Habitat and Ecology:
Inhabits coral rich lagoons and seaward reefs (depth 2-40 m, usually 2-20 m). Exhibits territoriality associated with cleaning
stations. Feeds on fish mucus and ectoparasites. Juveniles are generally solitary in deep ledges and are rarely seen cleaning.
Active in the daytime, and may possibly produce a protective mucous cocoon at night. Oviparous. Forms pairs during courtship
This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery.
Specimen shown here photographed off northwest Mahé.
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