WRASSES
LABRIDAE
Creole Wrasse
Clepticus parrae
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Pel 30 Pla Sh PGH
 
 
General:
Most wrasses are protogynous hermaphrodites, with some Initial Phase (IP) females, turning into Terminal Phase (TP) males once they reach a certain size. Those individuals who remain female in TP, retain the markings of IP. Juveniles often have the same colouration as IP females.

Description
:
Terminal Phase of male: When breeding, with head, body, pectorals, pelvics and front 1/2 of dorsal fin blackish - rear 1/2 of body, anal, and tail base with an
orange wash. Tail light purple.
Initial Phase/ Terminal Phase Females: Head, body and fins
violet to purple. Snout black.
Juvenile: Purplish with a series of
white & black blotches in a row along upper back. Has a black blotch at front of dorsal fin.

Ecology
Inhabits seaward reef slopes and is most common at depths of 10-30 m, occasionally on shallow patch reefs. .  In contrast to other Wrasses, the Creole Wrasse feeds on animal plankton. This involved a reduction of the teeth: the mouth as well as the teeth are very small. Found in large midwater aggregations feeding on plankton, small jellyfishes, pteropods, pelagic tunicates and various invertebrate larvae

Life Cycle
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Protogynous hermaphrodite with length at sex change ~16cm. Form leks during breeding.
Creole Wrasse TP Breeding Male
Creole Wrasse
Juvenile
Creole Wrasse
IP/ TP Female
Creole Wrasse TP Breeding Male
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