WRASSES
LABRIDAE
Puddingwife
Halichoeres radiatus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co 50 Ech, Cru, Mol I 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: Body blue to green, with a yellowish margin on the tail, a
dark dot at the base of the pectoral fin and sometimes with a white midbody bar. Head with greenish blue scrawls.
Initial phase: Young are yellowish green to bluish green with areas of yellow gold. Upper back with
5 white bars or dots and one or two black rectangular areas between the last bars.
Juvenile phase: Body with
2 yellow to gold horizontal stripes with a white stripe in between. Upper back with five white bars or dots and a navy to blue spot on the mid-back and dorsal fin.

Ecology
Constantly swim over the reefs, down to 55 m.  Juveniles and subadults in shallower (1 to 5 m) coral reefs. Feeds on mollusks, sea urchins, crustaceans, and brittle stars

Puddingwife Male
Puddingwife
Juvenile
Puddingwife
IP/ TP Female
(C) Mark Rosenstein
(C) Ross Robertson
Puddingwife
Juvenile
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