| Ecological Descriptors
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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.
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.
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
IP/ TP Female
(C) Mark Rosenstein
(C) Ross Robertson