Yellowhead wrasse

Yellowhead wrasse
Yellowhead wrasse
Labridae (Wrasses)
Halichoeres garnoti
0 to 100+ ft
In the terminal phase (adult) this fish has a broad black bar at mid-body. The head and area in front of bar are yellow. The rear half of the body is blue green. The belly tends to be turquoise. There are two thin, dark, wavy lines behind eye. Intermediate males and females (not shown) are yellowish brown, darker above and paling to almost white on the belly. Two dark irregular lines slant upward behind the eye. Juveniles are golden orange-yellow all over with a silvery blue stripe from the eye to the base of the tail. Adults grow to a length of 7 inches (18 cm). The yellowhead wrasse is common throughout the Caribbean, including in the Cayman Islands. It inhabits shallow to deep coral reefs. It is an active fish, constantly swimming.

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