Friday, May 27, 2011


Only one other fish family—the gobies—has more species in it than the wrasse family.  Wrasses come in different types of diverse shapes and sizes, and they have countless curious lifestyles.

Wrasses range from large, colorful fish with projecting teeth, such as the harlequin tuskfish,to small, slim-bodied species, such as the cleaner wrasse. Wrasses exist on tropical reefs and in alternate rough situations on the seabed. They are truly regularly viewed swimming about at the same time as the day, hunt down their prey near the reef cleft and ocean growth. But as night
falls, they suddenly disappear, and only a few larger individuals may still be found lurking under rocky ledges or in caves at this time.

Nibbling Away
WrassesOne assemble of wrasses are impossible to fall victim to predators, in any case; the aforementioned are the more spotless wrasses. Other fish instinctively seem to know that it is good for them to be groomed by these small cleaners. The cleaner wrasses will dart into their gill chambers and remove harmful parasites, even venturing into the “clients” mouths to clean their teeth. There are certain places on the reef known as “cleaning stations,”where this activity is carried out. Fish that are seeking the attentions of the wrasses display at the cleaning stations, indicating to the cleaner wrasses that it is safe for these small fish to approach and do their work.


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