Wrasse and Tuskfish; Labridae

Wrasse and Tuskfish are closely related to the Parrotfish. A numerous family who also have the ability to swim using their pectoral fins. They are usually brightly coloured and able to change their sex when they so desire.
Many species can be found by just snorkelling the reefs at our local dive sites.

One of our commoner wrasse, looks drab at first but actually has lovely colouration.

Also known as the Tomato Wrasse, for an obvious reason.

Similar in colour shades (except for the tail) but larger in size than its cousin, the floral wrasse.

This beast is not a typical wrasse at all ! It grows to a surprisingly large size and is not so bothered by divers.

Also known as the Yellowtail Tubelip; juveniles are more solitary in habit than the adults.

A handsome fish with a protusible jaw, coming in a variety of colours.

A busy little fish, always buzzing around the reef.

A smallish, busy, reef-based wrasse with a fairly psychedelic checkerboard patterning.

A somewhat shy and elusive wrasse, with a lovely dark blue/green colour scheme.

Misidentified by us as a Weedy Surge Wrasse, this reef dwelling fish is relatively drab when compared with its relations.

We had this wrasse wrongly identified as a tailspot...

A relatively large wrasse with radically different colouration when young.

They often have their own cleaning station and other fish will queue up there for their services.

A medium sized wrasse that we see mainly when we go to more distant destinations

A smallish wrasse that\'s not so common around Koh Phangan.

Another divers favourite due to it's vivid colour and busy habits.

Only two rarely sighted wrasse up until now...

2 Comments

  1. Hello,
    your Golden Wrasse Gallery link is broken. Just thought you might want to know.

    Also saw what I thought was a damselfish/humbug snorkeling at Chaloklum today. Bright yellow with a clear chevron black “triangle” marking. Any ideas?

    • Thanks Tom – problem sorted now.
      I’ll mail you about the fish.
      Best wishes,
      Nick.

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