Wrasses Photos

Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

Wrasses (Labridae) Overview

Wrasses are common coral reef fish. Most species have elongated bodies with a continuous dorsal fin. But they come in all sorts of colors and sizes. All of them are either carnivores or planktivores and have sharp teeth.

Most wrasses begin their life as a female and some of them later on change into males, who are usually larger and more colored and more active than females. The males are the leader of a group of females. Should a male die, the dominant female of that group transforms itself into a male to take his place. Their Hawaiian name is hinalea.